Texans QB Case Keenum gets first-team reps

Case Keenum finally got some first-team reps at training camp. (USATSI)
Case Keenum finally got some first-team reps at training camp. (USATSI)

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Ryan Fitzpatrick's horrid performance in the Texans preseason opener might not cost him his job, but it did cost him some first-team reps in practice on Thursday. Backup quarterback Case Keenum took some snaps with the No. 1 offense, marking the first time since Houston started training camp on July 26 that Keenum has taken first-team reps.  

If you missed the Texans preseason opener, here's what happened: The Texans scored zero points and totaled only 172 yards in a 32-0 loss to Arizona. Fitzpatrick played a big part in Houston's failures. The Texans starting quarterback threw two interceptions and finished the game with a 14.6 passer rating. 

After the game, coach Bill O'Brien called his team's performance 'terrible' and 'unacceptable.'

The day after the Aug. 9 game, O'Brien said Fitzpatrick was still the team's starter, but he was open to any changes that might 'make the team better.'

Keenum finished 3 of 5 for 29 yards in a brief appearance against Arizona. Fitzpatrick finished 6 of 14 for 55 yards, along with two interceptions. 

Although Keenum took first-team reps during practice on Thursday, that doesn't mean O'Brien is ready to give him first-team reps in a preseason game. The coach told ESPN.com that Fitzpatrick would take the first-team reps against the Falcons on Saturday. 

The starting job might be Fitzpatrick's for now, but if he looks as bad against the Falcons as he did against the Cardinals, O'Brien might be giving Keenum a lot more first-team reps next week. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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