The Texans decided to release Weeden on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. Weeden's only realistic route to the Texans' final roster was if they chose to carry three quarterbacks into the regular season. However, the team appears confident enough in projected starter Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson to just go with two options under center.
Weeden will backup quarterback Brock Osweiler for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against Oakland. The Texans have declared Tom Savage out for the playoff game, so Weeden becomes active for the just third time this season. No knock on Weeden, but Osweiler would have to be hurt or play awfully for Houston coach Bill O'Brien to make a switch.
Weeden is a healthy inactive for Sunday's Week 1 tilt with the Bears, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports. Weeden's inactive status essentially confirms that he'll open the season as the Texans' third-string quarterback behind Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage. Unless Osweiler succumbs to an injury at some point this season, Weeden isn't expected to don a uniform on game days.
Weeden was the third quarterback to enter Houston's preseason opener against San Francisco on Sunday. He played the final five minutes, missing his only attempt in Houston's 24-13 win. Tom Savage entered after starter Brock Osweiler was removed and stayed in the game well into the fourth quarter. It could be the intent was to give Savage, who missed the entire 2015 season, a longer look. We'll see if the same quarterback pattern holds in preseason Week 2.
Weeden has re-signed with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports. Weeden played for both the Cowboys and Texans last season, passing for 305 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two appearances for Houston, where he'll remain this season. Although he's destined for a backup position, Weeden's signing serves as another indication that the Texans will trade fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer this offseason.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@New England Patriots||31||32.00|
|5||10/09||Kansas City Chiefs||23||19.50|
|10||11/12||@Los Angeles Rams||4||9.00|
|14||12/10||San Francisco 49ers||15||16.50|
|3 Year Avg||66.7||449||3||1||15||0||35|