Grade Day: Houston Texans quarterbacks against Denver Broncos


After a nice win against the Denver Broncos, 18-17 in their third preseason game, the Houston Texans will prepare to close it out on a high note when they visit the San Francisco 49ers before gearing up for the regular season.

Now, let’s have a look at how each of the three Texans quarterbacks performed on Monday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick- B

Fitzpatrick didn’t turn the ball over at all and wasn’t sacked once, and he did play a solid game. He finished with 10 completions on 17 passing attempts for 80 yards, but didn’t throw any touchdowns. He did finish with an acceptable 70.7 rating.

In the short action he saw, Fitzpatrick was solid, but he wasn’t great, considering he wasn’t able to connect with anyone for a score.

Case Keenum- B+

Keenum, like Fitzpatrick, did not see that much action in this one. He did complete 11 passes on 18 attempts to finish with 74 yards, but that’s only 4.1 yards per completion, which isn’t going to be good enough if he becomes a starter this year.

He also did his job by not turning the ball over at all, and was sacked just once for a seven yard loss. He was smart enough with the football by not turning it over, but like Fitzpatrick, he wasn’t able to lead them to the endzone.

Tom Savage- A+

Say what you want about the rookie, considering he did not play much in this game, but Tom Savage was impressive in the limited action and led the Texans to victory, and that’s enough to warrant a high grade.

He did only attempt six passes, and five were completed. He still averaged 11.3 yards per completion, and he did toss the only touchdown thrown by a Texans quarterback in this one.

It also happened to be a 31-yard dump off to Ryan Griffin, who took it all the way. Savage also completed a pass to Travis Labhart, which was a successful two-point conversion that gave the Texans the win.

He clutched up and made the big throws when he had to, and let the game-winning drive. Savage may not start a game in 2014, but his play in this game was impressive by all means.

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  • CoverGuest

    Keenum is in trouble….Savage might become the #2 quarterback. Keenum’s play would improve IF the offense was more similar to the Saints offense. Brees would be a better mentor to him than Fitzpatrick.