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Houston (CBS Houston) – The much debated battle between T.J. Yates and Case Keenum came to an end Thursday as Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak announced that the team had decided on T.J. Yates being Matt Schaub’s backup quarterback.
“I couldn’t have made a wrong decision they both played so well,” said Kubiak. “It doesn’t mean we’re set for the season so it will be a very competitive environment but that’s the way we will get started.”
SportsRadio 610 caught up with Keenum Friday afternoon and asked him how he felt since hearing the decision of sticking with Yates as the number 2 quarterback.
“I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed. I’d say I’m never really content with where I’m at, Keenum said. “I’m always striving to be better, to keep getting ahead.”
Keenum, the former University of Houston quarterback, said that being a backup quarterback in this league is a great challenge.
“I want to do whatever is best for this team,” Keenum said. “I know my role now. You have to be ready to go when your name’s called so you’re still preparing like a starter, so I’m preparing like I’m going to start this week.”
Keenum, 6-1, led the Texans with 482 passing yards and was second in the NFL, while he completing 43-of-63 passes for three touchdowns and a 106.7 rating.
“I got a lot better than the year before,” said Keenum. “I said that from day one. I’ve got to go out and keep getting better. I made some big strides during the off-season, during the preseason and now I need to continue to strive for that this year.”
Keenum continued his great spirit and even joked about the extent of his and T.J. Yates’ relationship.
“It’s pretty good. We’d go out to dinner, maybe a movie or putt-putt every now and then,” Keenum said with a smile. “No I’m just kidding, we’re fine. We’re good friends. We compete on the field and hang out off the field too.”
However this season goes, Keenum fans and Keenum himself should be encouraged with the strides that this NCAA record-setting Cougar has accomplished. Not only did he break the Texans’ preseason passing record but he earned a spot on a well-run NFL team.
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