Report: Texans sign former Redskins quarterback John Beck

Beck's bringing his skills to Houston. (Getty Images)

John Beck was dumped by the Redskins after Washington decided to draft Kirk Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft (along with Robert Griffin III in the first round). But he didn't last long as a free agent, and he was reportedly signed by the Texans on Wednesday.

That's according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, who correctly points out that Beck makes sense in Houston given his familiarity with the system that Gary Kubiak runs. Kubiak is a Mike Shanahan protégé and recently employed Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator.

Beck's not the type of guy you want starting for your team (see: the 2011 Washington Redskins), but he's potentially a capable backup to the backup in Houston.

Matt Schaub is clearly the starter, and it stands to reason that second-year player T.J. Yates, who performed down the stretch after being thrown in the proverbial fire for Houston, will be second on the depth chart.

The Texans signed local star Case Keenum as an undrafted free agent, but Beck provides a veteran with in-game experience and a familiarity with the system. So in that sense, he's kind of like a poor man's Jake Delhomme. Or, um, something.

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