The Case Keenum era starts today in Houston, and if the quarterback performs well, he could get an extended look as the Texans starter.
Jason La Canfora is reporting that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak loves Keenum, and has long been raving about the “raw potential in the former un-drafted quarterback.”
With Matt Schaub injured and unable to play — and already losing his grip on the starting job anyway — Keenum could end up starting more than one game, sources said, with the staff having been eager to get a look at him for quite some time.
Making the move from a quarterback making $15-million a season to a kid with zero NFL experience in a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations is beyond bold. And while patience has characterized Kubiak’s long tenure in Houston, even had Schaub lost his job due to performance alone, sources said Keenum, and not T.J. Yates, the No. 2 quarterback on gamedays this season, would have gotten the nod.
Sources say they see Yates as another Matt Schaub and would prefer to get a look at Keenum.
“Gary loves him,” said one source close to Kubiak. “He’s extremely cerebral. He doesn’t have that big arm but he fits their mold — he can extend plays and get out of the way. He understands the system. That’s going to be a tough environment but he shows a pulse and moves the team some, I bet he sticks with him after the (Week 8) bye.”