After retaining all three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, the Houston Texans have reportedly acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett in trade with the New England Patriots.
The Texans will gave up a sixth round pick in exchange for Mallett’s service, so who seems to be the odd man out?
It appears that Case Keenum is the man on his way out of Houston.
The Texans and head coach Bill O’Brien decided to go with defense with the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft and selected Jadaevon Clowney. Clowney has been good, but the question is was he truly needed? The Texans had a good interior defense led by the powerhouse known as J.J. Watt.
The biggest needs such have been addressed at the quarterback and cornerback positions, areas where they’ve struggled with the past few seasons.
While passing on Johnny Manziel who play his college career just an hour or so away at Texas A&M, and Blake Bortles, the Texans seemed to have no sure plan at quarterback. With TJ Yates, Case Keenum the only two who remained on board after the 2-14 season, it was clear the Texans had their work cut out for them. With Matt Schaub who had a horrible year last season traded to the Oakland Raiders, and this latest trade has cleared any reminiscence of the Gary Kubiak era at quarterback.
Drafting rookie Tom Savage, signing and naming Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter, and now Ryan Mallett to roster should provide some interesting decisions during the season. Especially competing in the AFC and most importantly in their own division against the Indianapolis Colts.
Mallett is in the final year of his rookie contract with New England. Ironically O’Brien was the offensive coordinator in New England when Mallett was rookie, so this really comes as no surprise.
With O’Brien at the helm, no matter who’s under center, this Texans team will compete and give 100% at all times on the field.