The Texans have one of the more interesting quarterback situations in the NFL this year, as they elected to pass on taking a quarterback in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, despite it being a pressing need on a team that made the playoffs in 2012. After trading Matt Schaub to the Raiders, and trading backup T.J. Yates to the Falcons, the team has newly signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick penciled in as the starter. Behind Fitzpatrick, they have fourth-round pick Tom Savage and Case Keenum, who showed flashes in some playing time last year. While Fitzpatrick is the starter for now, Savage has impressed despite being raw, writes Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. While Savage and Keenum are battling for the backup job, she wouldn’t be surprised to see Savage take the field at some point this season, if Fitzpatrick struggles with performance or injuries.
Here are some other notes from around the Texans:
- Pass rusher Brooks Reed has been taking reps at inside linebacker, writes Ganguli, and has looked good adjusting to the position. She adds that he is still better suited for the outside, and there is a good chance he stays at outside linebacker this year.
- Offensive tackle Tyson Clabo visited with the Texans on Thursday, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN (via Twitter). The veteran could help fill a hole at right tackle. Clabo also recently visited with the Cardinals, but did not sign a deal.
- Whether or not Andre Johnson is playing for the Texans in 2014 and beyond, the team needs to develop another receiving option, writes Stephen Forsha of ToroTimes.com. While DeAndre Hopkins has settled in as the second option, Forsha predicts that DeVier Posey could make the leap to become the third receiving threat for the Texans (or the second if Johnson is traded, released, or holds out).