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Texans might cut a quarterback before training camp

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Could Case Keenum be on his way out in Houston? (USATSI)
Could Case Keenum be on his way out in Houston? (USATSI)

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Three's not always a crowd in quarterback competitions, but four definitely is -- and Bill O'Brien seems to understand that. The Texans coach hinted on Monday that Houston could be dumping one of its four quarterbacks sometime in the near future.

"Any time you have four... I don't think it's easy to divide the reps," O'Brien said, via the Housto Chronicle. "I think you can really get three guys reps in practice, which is basically what we've been doing. I know that's probably not the easiest thing for those guys. But three out of four have been getting reps."

If the Texans decide to go with three quarterbacks in training camp, that means either Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, T.J. Yates or Tom Savage would be let go.

Fitzpatrick is probably safe though, mainly because the Texans just signed him in March to a deal that pays him $4 million in guaranteed money. Savage is probably safe too -- because it wouldn't make much sense for the Texans to cut their fourth-round draft pick before the start of training camp.

That would leave either Keenum or Yates as the odd man out. O'Brien offered no hints as to who might be let go.

"These guys have been working extremely hard," O'Brien said of his four quarterbacks. "They've all had really good moments. They're very competitive. They've been in this building seven days a week, studying on their own, studying with myself, studying with [quarterbacks coach]George Godsey, mostly. It's a very competitive situation."

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