There will be no competition for the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback job.
Following the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, coach Bill O’Brien announced Ryan Fitzpatrick sits atop the depth chart.
“He’s a guy that earned the job,” O’Brien said.
To no one’s surprise, Fitzpatrick — who signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract this offseason — beat out the likes of Case Keenum, T.J. Yates and rookie Tom Savage for the right to start under center.
“I’m excited about it,” Fitzpatrick said Tuesday, via NFL.com. “I don’t think it changes much in terms of the way that I’ve got to continue to attack the playbook and learn and how we’ve got to continue to learn as an offense. We’ve got a very long way to go.”
Fitzpatrick, 31, appeared in 11 games (nine starts) for the Tennessee Titans in 2013, throwing for 2,454 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. More of a needle-threader than a gunslinger, he completed 62 percent of his passes.
A ten-year veteran, Fitzpatrick has made 77 NFL starts since 2005 and should be an easy study under O’Brien. While he’s hardly a long-term option, his wisdom will be an invaluable tool for Savage, the team’s strong-armed fourth-round draft pick that’s loaded with potential.
(Photo credit: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle)