The Houston Texans made a very smart pickup when they signed now former Houston Cougars' quarterback Case Keenum.
Keenum was a record setting quarterback at Houston, with career numbers of 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns, but he won't be entering the NFL with the hopes of repeating those numbers.
What Will Keenum Be In The NFL
He'll be a backup with the Texans behind Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates, and if he's lucky somewhere down the line he'll be able to showcase his talents and get a spot.
Even as a backup though, he'll provide a valuable role for the Texans.
Check out what Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak had to say about Keenum via Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle on chron.com:
Kubiak said he came away impressed with Keenum after a private workout earlier this month.
“If other teams had seen him work out for us, he would have been drafted,” Kubiak said. “He was a sponge when I was telling him things. He picked them up right away.”
This is exactly what you want to hear about a guy that you're bringing on to be your backup quarterback.
If there's anybody who knows the importance of a backup quarterback, it's this team—who lost Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart last season before having to settle with the rookie Yates leading them in the playoffs.
If something like that were to happen again, as unlikely as it would be, they're going to need a backup they can trust.
Keenum can and will be that guy for the Texans.
He's going to have to know the playbook inside and out, he's going to have to be a student of the game and he's going to have to do everything he can to help his team from a backup role.
It's certainly not going to be as glamorous as putting up record breaking numbers in college football, but he's going to do a great job with the Texans.