Many expected the Houston Texans to go into training camp with an open battle for the starting quarterback position. In a surprise move, at least from the perspective that they did it so early, the Texans have named veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback for the 2014 season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback, head coach Bill O'Brien announced today.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) June 17, 2014
Fitzpatrick was expected to earn the starting nod in the end, as the Texans really didn’t have too many options on the roster. They selected Tom Savage in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft and have holdovers Case Keenum and T.J. Yates on the roster.
The 31-year-old Fitzpatrick started nine games for the Tennessee Titans last season, throwing 14 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions. His best season came back in 2012 with the Buffalo Bills, when the Ivy League graduate put up 4,400 passing yards with 24 touchdowns.
None of the Texans current crop of quarterbacks are expected to be long-term options. At the very least, Fitzpatrick will provide them with a stopgap quarterback in 2014.
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