After signing Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this week and strengthening their quarterback depth, the Houston Texans now have him, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum on the roster. With the first overall pick in the draft, there’s a strong debate as to whether or not the Texans will draft a quarterback or take Jadeveon Clowney, one of the best prospects the NFL has seen in years.
Questions that arise are whether or not Fitzpatrick should be the starter, and if this signing means the Texans will go with three unproven quarterbacks going into next season.
In 11 games with the Tennessee Titans, Fitzpatrick won just four starts and had 14 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while completing 62 percent of his passes for 2,454 yards but posting an awful quarterback rating of 55.4
Fitzpatrick has shown too much potential that’s being wasted on his knack for turning the ball over far too much. He forces bad throws way too much. Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter were two very young receivers that played well with Fitzpatrick, but if he’s the starter, will he be able to create good chemistry with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins? We’ll have to find out.
During a strong start to the 2011 campaign, Fitzpatrick, then the Buffalo Bills quarterback, was rewarded with a six year contract worth $59 million, but would be released during last year’s offseason after posting mediocre numbers with 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in a year where the Bills had high playoff hopes.
In eight of his games played with the Titans last season, Fitzpatrick was held to less than two touchdown passes. Not a very good stat for someone hoping to remain a starting quarterback.
The Titans signed him as an insurance policy to Jake Locker, who battled injuries all of last season. Fitzpatrick wasn’t great, but he did keep his team in games for the most part.
However, based on his turnover problem, poor decision making and lack of flashy numbers, the Texans shouldn’t think about making Fitzpatrick the starter. Keeping him as a veteran backup is a smart move, but the team needs to roll with the younger Yates, Keenum or even draft a quarterback at any point in this year’s draft.