Houston Texans Rumors: 4 options to be Deshaun Watson’s backup QB

Watson and Weeden of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Brandon Weeden, Houston Texans

Of course, the first place the Houston Texans can and might turn to is the guy they brought in to be the backup quarterback last year, Brandon Weeden. Weeden was signed by the Texans in the middle of the 2015 season and he stayed on the roster through the 2016 season.

After a one year stay in Tennessee, Weeden returned to Houston, this time to back up Deshaun Watson. Weeden’s familiarity with Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans’ offensive system was one of the big reasons the team brought him back. He could help teach Watson and potentially be a viable option if he needed to start.

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That’s why he remains an option to come back for the 2019 season. Weeden still has a great knowledge of this system and it likely grew even more last year. Knowing the system is key for a backup quarterback because if he needs to play, you don’t want to cut out the majority of the playbook. Backups also often to run the other team’s offense during the week so having 2.5 years in the system is of the utmost importance.

However, Weeden is not the most enticing option to be the backup quarterback for one key reason: he hasn’t attempted a pass in a game since 2015. Do you want the first time your backup needs to throw the ball to be four years after his last attempt? I think not. So, Weeden’s knowledge is key but I believe the Texans could do better.