Keenum was waived by Houston in late October before re-signing on Monday. He could be considered a better candidate than Thad Lewis due to his participation in offseason and training camp.
Lewis was signed to the 53-man active roster on Nov. 26, when Mallett landed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. He was the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart entering Sunday's game against Indianapolis before Fitzpatrick went down with a season-ending injury. Second-stringer Tom Savage took over for Fitzpatrick but hurt his knee late in the game. As a result, the team signed Case Keenum on Sunday night, who played eight games in 2013 with the Texans and is familiar with the offensive.
"He'd been in our system not long ago," O'Brien said of Keenum, per the Houston Chronicle. "A lot of the things we're doing are what we were doing. He's a bright guy."
After quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was lost due to a broken leg, backup
In eight starts for the Texans in 2013, Keenum threw for 1,760 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
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