O’Brien Doesn’t See Rookie QBs As Day One Starters

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

PHOENIX (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans have only two quarterbacks on their roster with less than a month until their team workouts on April 17th. The Texans are expected to add a quarterback in the draft and perhaps another in free agency to bring them to four quarterbacks before training camp begins during the summer.

With Tony Romo’s free agent availability still looming, the Texans have to consider what their quarterback room will look like if Romo chooses retirement or another NFL team. While the Texans are expected to add a young quarterback early in the draft this year, but it is not expected that the rookie will see much playing time and would not compete for the starting job.

“I think it’s tough to play quarterback as a rookie in our league,” head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday. ” I think that there’s no substitute for experience. So, I think it’s hard to ask a guy to come in straight from college and day one he’s a starter on your team.”

Despite O’Brien’s unwillingness to commit to a young quarterback, and in 2017 all potential early round quarterbacks are expected to be projects, there are some that have caught O’Brien’s eye as a potential selection at 25th overall or later.

“I know that there are some really good quarterbacks in this draft that we’re looking at and we’ve met with a lot of them,” O’Brien said. “We’re excited about continuing to get to know them. But, I just think for me as a general rule, that’s tough to start them as a day one guy.”

Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

 

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