In a predicable move that many NFL fans saw coming, the Houston Texans waived quarterback Case Keenum on Sunday, and traded for quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots. The Texans still have 3 quarterbacks on their roster and they’re going to need to figure out what they’re going to do with all four of them.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the projected starter, and Mallett will likely be the No.2 QB. Rookie Tom Savage is the No.3 guy. The Texans don’t want to cut Savage because they see him as having potential, but obviously not enough potential right now to make him the immediate backup to Fitzpatrick.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was high on Mallett after having worked with him when O’Brien was with the Patriots as their offensive coordinator. As soon as O’Brien got to the Texans, it was seen as only a matter of time before he made a trade for Mallett. The Texans had the No.1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but instead of choosing a quarterback, they selected Jadeveon Clowney.
Once they made that move, it was academic that they would trade for Mallett, because Savage is just way too raw of a player for the Texans to plug him in as the team’s No.2 backup. Savage is likely going to be trade bait in another 2 years before his rookie contract expires. I doubt that he’ll ever take the starting job while he’s with the Texans, not with them having Mallett, who is a very good quarterback with excellent size and a nice arm.
Mallett has the kind of talent to be a starter in the NFL and a very good player once he’s given the chance. We might see Mallett given the chance this season if Fitzpatrick fails to perform at a high level. O’Brien can’t afford to stubbornly stick it out with Fitzpatrick for too long if he fails to produce, because the Texans owner is demanding and he’s not going to put up with the Texans finishing with a horrible reason in 2014. We just saw Gary Kubiak fired last season after the Texans played horribly.
Keenum had a poor preseason after playing poorly last season. He was like another Johnny Manziel in college at the University of Houston. But in the NFL, his lack of size and arm strength hurt him.