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Author: Jon Kuzma
Now that the Houston Texans have moved on from an under-producing Brock Osweiler one has to wonder who will be the Texans starting quarterback in 2017? The Texans only have two quarterbacks on their roster at the moment (Tom Savage, and Brandon Weeden), however neither of those players are the long term answer for the Texans. In order for Houston to stay atop the AFC South they need a player that they count to be the number 1 guy as far as the quarterback position goes. Right now there are a few different options that the Texans can go but they need to make some kind of acquisition to put this team in a better position to succeed. Right now Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, and Robert Griffin are all free agents and all three of those players were a starter a some point last season. Any of those three guys would be an upgrade over what Houston has and it’s kind of alarming that the Texans haven’t made a push for somebody. While it’s very possible the Texans front office could sign someone before training camp starts there is one other option Houston has. The Draft is coming up this month and there is definitely going to be a few quarterbacks that could elevate the Texans quarterback situation. Mitchell Trubisky, DeShaun Watson, and Pat Mahomes are all players who are 1st round talents who could be day 1 starters in the National Football League. Houston could prefer to go with one of those younger rookies over signing the free agents mentioned above, so we will which route Houston goes with in time? Keep in mind though Dak Prescott was a star after being drafted in the 4th round last year. Which means there is a possibility the Texans could land someone later on in the draft who can produce. While those chances of success are much slimmer Prescott does prove that some guys do slip through the cracks and drop a little bit in the draft. Maybe going after a player like DeShone Kizer later on in the draft could give the Texans what they need. Going with Kizer would still be a better choice than what Houston has on their roster and sometimes in the right system an overlooked player can make a splash. So there certainly a lot of question marks surrounding the Texans QB situation and it’s definitely something football fans should keep an eye on as we head into the draft and toward training camp. Houston needs to find a way to get better passing wise and after coming up short in back to back playoff appearances the quarterback position will be key to this team’s overall progression.
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