After a successful lisfranc surgery in the off season (mid-foot fracture) QB Matt Schaub has declared himself healthy to begin training camp but will miss the Texan’s June mini camp. Backup QB T.J. Yates has been taking the snaps in the teams OTA’s and is thankful for the experience with the first team.
“I didn’t get this chance last year and now that I got the chance to work with the ones while Matt (Schaub) out is awesome for me because I’m really making sure I make the most of these reps. You don’t really come by these reps often. I got a chance to really work with the ones and get better and do things I didn’t have a chance to do last off season.” QB T.J. Yates
But before anyone draws any conclusions of a quarterback controversy, rest assured there is none. Schaub is the man and Yates has locked up the #2 spot so the only slot left will be between veteran John Beck and rookie Casey Keenum. But, getting Gary Kubiak to admit that will take some time.
“To me they (Keenum and Beck) are competing with T.J.,” said Kubiak. “Matt’s our starter and everybody is competing with T.J. John has the mental capacity and he understands everything we’re doing. I think we can really help John with the way he plays the game so we’re trying to change some of the things he does. Time will tell.”
The Texans recently signed former Dallas CB/S Alan Ball to replace Jason Allen who signed on with the Bengals in March. Ball will be reunited with former Dallas head coach and current Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
“Alan knows the system because he played for Wade,” coach Gary Kubiak said.
“He looks good. He fit in real fast. He’s competing hard. This is a good fit for us. He can make us better. We’re glad to have him,” Wade said of Ball.
The Texans begin mini camp at the Methodist Training Center on Tuesday with both veterans and younger players expected to attend.