With the Texans 27-13 preseason win at Minnesota Friday night, the question of who should be the backup quarterback behind
Yates stepped in at quarterback in the Texans' second possession, after Schaub finished his one series that resulted in a 48-yard field goal by
The second half began with the Vikings leading 13-10 and the third-string Keenum taking over. Keenum’s first drive ended in a punt after three-and-out. His second drive of the third quarter lasted 6:33 and consisted of 15 plays spanning 90 yards. The drive ended in 21-yard field goal by Randy Bullock, which tied the score 13-13 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Keenum was 3-for-3 on third downs. He connected with receiver
“Yeah, it was fun,” Keenum said about the pass to Jean. “That was my first touchdown pass in the NFL. I know it’s preseason, but it was a long time coming for me.”
Keenum also set up a rushing touchdown by
Both Yates and Keenum contributed to a record-setting day for the Texans offense. Houston set a preseason franchise record with 439 yards of total offense and amassed the second-most passing yardage in preseason game history with 306 net yards gained.
“I think it’s good,” Keenum said of the quarterback battle between him and Yates. “I think we’re pushing each other and making each other better. That’s what football’s about. What’s great is that T.J. is a great guy and I’ve got a lot of respect for him (not only) as a player, but as a person as well. We bounce things off each other and learn from each other on and off the field. It’s a good chemistry we’ve got going lately.”
For now, both Yates and Keenum are focused on making themselves better and building on Friday’s success.
“It’s good. We are both playing some good football right now,” Yates said after Friday’s win. “The quarterback room as a whole today played really good. That’s just what we are here for. We’re all helping each other out, rooting for each other. (QB) Coach Karl (Dorrell) is going to be happy tonight."