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Houston Texans release Case Keenum; trade New England for Ryan Mallett

Case Keenum was reelased by the Houston Texans on Sunday, Augist 31, 2014.
Case Keenum was reelased by the Houston Texans on Sunday, Augist 31, 2014.
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It is being reported by the Houston Chronicle and various news outlets around the Houston area on Saturday, August 30, 2014 that the Houston Texans has traded the New England Patriots for back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett.

As a result, the Texans have released quarterback Case Keenum.

Keenum, who started eight games for the Texans in 2013, completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards, in addition to nine touchdowns and was a college standout for the University of Houston, from 2006 to 2011.

Mallett, who played for the Patriots from 2011 to 2013, saw limited action as Tom Brady's backup.

In his three season with New England, Mallett played a total of four games, competing 1-of-4 passes for 25 yards and one interceptions, while rushing eight times for a loss of nine yards.

During two pre-season games in 2014 for New England, Mallett completed 9-of-14 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown; against Philadelphia.

For the Texans, Mallett will be vying for the backup job, along with rookie Tom Savage, behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans kickoff their 2014 regular season on Sunday, September 7, 2014 against the Washington Redskins.