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T.J. Yates was the 3rd string quarterback his rookie year and backup quarterback last season. He was needed his rookie season after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinert suffered season-ending injuries. He single handedly brought the Texans to the 1st playoff berth in franchise history against the Cincinatti Bengals. The team didn't even take a lead in the game thru 59:58 of the game, but good game there is 60 minutes in a game of football. He won a playoff game, once again against the Bengals, and was 10 yards away from another against the Ravens. This earned him the 2nd string job. But now, he has some competition: Case Keenum
Keenum has overcame so many obstacle in his career. He suffered injuries in college. It looked like he wasn't going to get a division 1 scholarship until the Houston Cougars came at the last minute. He went undrafted even though he shattered several NCAA passing records. Critics say he won't survive a pro style offense. He had no competition. But last night was his night to shine. And he did. His offense (at least for the night), scored 17 unanswered points, threw 125 yards, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 109.7. He is known for comebacks. The comback I will remember him for is against Louisiana Tech in 2011 (I got a close friend who is attending Lousiana Tech, so that's one of the reasons why I remember it so well) He overcame a 27 point deficit to beat them 35-34.
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He makes wonderful comebacks. I know most of yall are thinking of Tebow. But this guy is no Tebow. He is actually capable to throwing a football. Last night's perfomance proved he can operate a pro style offense. There is no doubt in my mind that even though T.J. Yates will forever be appreciated for his performance in 2011, it is now Case Keenum's job to lose.
Who now has the upper edge for the backup quarterback job?
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