The Houston Texans need an upgrade behind Deshaun Watson at quarterback. The Steelers have made Josh Dobbs available, here’s why the team should pursue him.
As the roster currently stands, the Houston Texans will enter the season with Brandon Weeden as the primary backup to Deshaun Watson. The best part about Weeden is he is like having another coach on the team. He knows the system very well and has a lot of experience.
The worst part about Weeden is that he’s a below average quarterback. He has a strong arm but, that’s about it. Weeden lacks above average accuracy and can’t run a similar offense to Watson. He’s not the worst quarterback in the league but, the Texans can stand to upgrade.
We’ve postulated previously that the Houston Texans should pursue Teddy Bridgewater but, the price is probably going to be too steep. The Jets will likely hold out for a first rounder from the team that has the first QB that gets injured.
Earlier today, the Seahawks made the first move for a backup quarterback. They traded for Brett Hundley from the Packers. Hundley was another guy that we had said the Texans should pursue but, the Seahawks pounced first.
So, with Hundley off the market and Bridgewater likely too expensive the backup quarterback market is dwindling. Tom Savage is reportedly available, as is Mike Glennon. But, the guy the Houston Texans should pursue is Josh Dobbs from the Steelers.
It’s remarkable how similar Dobbs and Watson. They are nearly the exact same size, they’re both in the 6’2″ – 6’3″ range height-wise and about 210-220 lbs weight-wise. Dobbs ran a 4.64 in the 40 and Watson ran a 4.66, their short shuttles were the exact same, vertical and broad jumps were within a half of a foot apart.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Dobbs can compete with Watson on the football field. However, Dobbs is better suited to be this team’s back up. The athletic similarities should mean the Texans could keep a similar offense in place if Watson were to go down again.
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Dobbs has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game in the NFL. However, Dobbs has performed fairly well in his preseason appearances. This preseason, he’s tossed 283 yards in two games with a 68% completion percentage. Dobbs also threw three touchdowns and ran for 46 yards.
In his two years as a starter at Tennessee, Dobbs threw for over 5,000 yards and 42 touchdowns to only 17 interceptions. Sure, his teams at Tennessee were fairly disappointing but, that can hardly be blamed on him.
The Steelers don’t have a ton of leverage in moving Dobbs. He’s the fourth QB on their depth chart and isn’t expect to make the roster. So, he should be able to be had for a moderate price. Likely, a mid-round pick or a couple of later round picks would do the trick.
Brian Gaine and the rest of the Houston Texans brass should pull the trigger on this deal sooner rather than later. Entering the season with Weeden as the backup quarterback wouldn’t be the worst thing ever but, it’s a situation that could definitely be improved upon.