Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) calls a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans: Ryan Fitzpatrick Named Starting Quarterback

The Houston Texans have named Ryan Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback for week one.

Bill O’Brien told the Houston media this afternoon the news, after making the announcement to his team earlier this morning.

O’Brien told the media Fitzpatrick earned the job during workouts earlier this offseason.

As far as the other three quarterbacks, O’Brien says they have all worked hard and will battle for the backup job. Case Keenum, T.J. Yates, and Tom Savage will fight for the #2 and #3 quarterbacks role, and O’Brien is looking for more consistency from the three.

Why the announcement now? O’Brien says he wanted the team to know who their starting quarterback was coming into mandatory workouts today, saying it was important for the team to know who will be under center week one, before they take a month long break in the summer.

In other non-surprising news, Andre Johnson sat out today’s first day of mandatory workouts. O’Brien has been in touch with the All-Pro receiver, and isn’t concerned with him catching up if/when he returns.

UPDATE:

Fitzpatrick spoke to the Texans media and had this to say:

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