The Houston Texans have a lot of decisions to make before getting the team down to the NFL Mandated 53 players by August 31st. Some players under the gun are
ILB Max Bullough – The undrafted rookie has performed well in preseason but this is a hard position to figure out and there have been times of confusion for the young rook.
K Chris Boswell – After missing two field goals in preseason week two against the Falcons, Boswell has been on the bubble. He is trying to unseat incumbent Randy Bullock but barring an injury to Bullock, Boswell has little chance of making the cut.
WR Travis Labhart – I have never liked when an NFL team signs a receiver under six foot and Labhart is 5’9″. During the preseason, Rookie QB Tom Savage has linked up with him a couple of times. He may be able to force his way on with another strong performance against the Niners.
FS Shilo Keo – Even though he started over Ed Reed last season, Keo will have to have an absolute monster game to stay on the Texans roster. Having said that, he could be an addition to a lot of NFL defenses if he is cut.
Case Keenum and Tom Savage will battle it out for the backup spot to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Houston Texans pulled out all the stops to try and secure a victory against the Oakland Raiders including pulling Case Keenum and replacing him with Matt Schaub. Keenum was not playing bad at all and through the third quarter had completed 13 of 24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Hardly reason to pull him off the field.
If any one section of the team was faltering it was the Texans defense which was picked apart by Raiders rookie quarterback Matt McGloin who fired off 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak, who was in the booth for the game, called down to the field and had them replace Keenum with Schaub.
“What was happening was, we had to make a lot of changes from a protection standpoint to handle some of the things they were doing,” Kubiak said after the game. “Trying to create some tempo and do that. And it made it very tough on Case, in my opinion, being a young player. I knew that Matt could get done some of the things that I wanted to get done, real fast, and to give us a chance to win the football game. So that’s why I did it.”
Schaub went on to finish the game but in the 4th quarter, after missing All Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson with a pass, got into a verbal confrontation with the receiver.
“We just exchanged some words,” Johnson said. “It’s just the heat of the moment; once we got in the locker room we talked about it. I’m not worried about it; me and Matt have played a lot of football together. Things like that happen, I think there’s a lot of frustration going on, and I think it happened because of frustration.”
The Texans have signed veteran free agent quarterback , who will compete with T.J. Yates and undrafted rookie Case Keenum for the backup role to .
Beck (6-2, 215), a second-round draft pick out of Brigham Young in 2007, spent the last three seasons with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins run a very similar offensive system to the Texans’ under Mike and Kyle Shanahan.
Schaub is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and will not participate in the team portions of organized team activities (OTAs), which begin May 21. That will give Yates, Keenum and Beck plenty of reps leading up to training camp. Yates has a leg up in the competition after starting seven games for the Texans, including two in the playoffs, as a rookie last season.
Beck, 30, has started seven games in his career — four with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie in 2007 and three with the Redskins in 2011. He has thrown for 1,417 yards with a 58.6 completion percentage, three touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 67.6 passer rating.