What Bill O'Brien seeks in QB competition

What is Bill O'Brien looking for in the team's competition at starting quarterback?

Though the Texans head coach joked that he really does like the completions, O'Brien will be evaluating more than just the end results.

"I really think it's important for these guys to be able to operate the offense at a high tempo," O'Brien said. "We have a lot of different types of tempo, but to be in and out of the huddle or when it's no huddle, changing the pace of practice and handling that on their own. Being able to communicate the play, get people lined up, change the cadence, get us into the right play and then complete the pass."

The trio of Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, and Tom Savage all took reps, in what has been a battle for the starting job this offseason. On Monday, all three quarterbacks participated in Day Four of Texans OTAs, but O'Brien isn't talking about how the reps are divided among them.

"It's really early," O'Brien said Monday. "We do a lot of two-spot drills, so we're getting both those guys a lot of reps. Tommy Savage is getting a lot of reps, too. All three quarterbacks are getting a lot of reps. So far, I would say all three guys have done a really good job this spring. They've been here every day and working hard and it's been good to see."

OTAs continue through Friday, June 12 for the Texans. Mandatory minicamp will be held June 16-18.

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