“What I’ll do is I’ll start Case this week,” head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. “They’ll both play a half of football going into this one. Obviously they’re going to be playing with a bunch of young players, but I think it’s been extremely close. It would be hard to make a decision today. But if I would have to make one, I’d make one. I think this game is still important.”
Through the first three games of the preseason, Yates is slightly ahead in the race, completing 27-of-39 for 308 yards, three touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 118.3. Keeping it close, Keenum is 34-of-50 for 354 yards, two touchdowns, and a passer rating of 101.6.
After Thursday’s game, Kubiak will decide on a backup quarterback before heading into the Texans’ regular season opener on September 9.
“They’ve continued to get better, each of them, and push each other,” Kubiak said. “I think it’s going to be a good thing for our football team. I’m going to hold off here and let them play this week and then we’ll probably lock in before we go into our total San Diego process which would be the following Thursday. I’m going to let them compete one more week and see how it goes.”