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Case Keenum takes first team reps with the Houston Texans

Keenum plays in first preseason game
Keenum plays in first preseason game
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The Houston Texans have not made a change at quarterback, but as of Thursday Ryan Fitzpatrick knows that his job may be in jeopardy. Case Keenum took first team reps with the Texans during today’s practice for the first time all training camp.

The Texans started on July 26, and seemed to be flowing smoothly until their first preseason game over the weekend. As a team, they lost 32-0 to Arizona and Fitzpatrick did not play well.

He completed 6-14 passes, including two interceptions in his limited snaps. Although Case Keenum didn’t wow the coaching staff, he did complete 3-5 passes on the night. According to Sportsline.com via ESPN, Coach O’Brien isn’t ready to make that change just yet. Ryan Fitzpatrick will receive the first team snaps against Atlanta on Saturday.

If he does struggle mightily, it’s likely that the job will be Case Keenum’s to lose. Still, Keenum was part of the 14 game losing streak to end the 2013 season, so he can’t fall back on a winning disposition in the NFL.

Usually in game three, the first team guys go for three quarters to get as close as possible in game condition. At the rate the Houston offense is progressing, the Texans could still be holding a quarterback competition.

In eight starts, Case Keenum completed 54% of his passes, while throwing for nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He also finished with 1760 yards, but all of those stats came in losses.

Ryan Fitzpatrick started nine games in place of Jake Locker last season. He fared better by winning three games. However, he had plenty of up and down moments as well. Fitzpatrick threw for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, but he completed 62% of his passes, while gaining 2454 yards.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the more accomplished quarterback of course, but there is an upside that you can see in Keenum’s game. The problem is that Houston is not looking for upside. They are looking to make the playoffs and possibly get to the Super Bowl.