Weeden completed nine of 11 passes for 97 yards and two touchdown passes in Houston's win over Kansas City in Thursday's preseason opener. Weeden was sharp for the two drives he had, both of which ended in touchdowns to rookie tight end Jordan Akins. He spread the ball around, targeting six different receivers on his first drive. Weeden has cemented his role as Deshaun Watson's backup.
Weeden has had a good training camp and appears to be the primary backup to starting quarterback Deshaun Watson, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Weeden has met expectations on the field during training camp, but in an ideal Texans world, his main contribution will come as an experienced hand behind Watson. "Weed is a good voice in the room," Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said. "He has experience, he's very helpful with Deshaun. He's gone out, he's done what we asked him. He has natural arm talent, he knows the offense, which helps to kind of get plugged in and really function with the offense." Weeden spent time with the Texans during each of the last three seasons, so his knowledge of the offense gives him a leg up on Joe Webb and Stephen Morris, the other quarterbacks in camp.
Weeden signed a one-year contract with the Titans on Tuesday, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports. Even with Marcus Mariota (hamstring) considered day-to-day after avoiding a serious injury in Sunday's loss to Houston, the Titans will still add insurance at the quarterback position in Weeden. The 33-year-old was most recently released by the Texans prior to the start of the regular season and will likely serve as Matt Cassel's backup this weekend in Miami should Mariota be ruled out.
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.
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