Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers: Texans Preseason Week 4 Game Preview

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Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers: Texans Preseason Week 4 Game Preview
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On to Week 4 of the preseason!

Honestly, I hope the subject of a reduction in the preseason is brought up at the owners meeting. I'm not in favor of an 18-game regular-season schedule, but I find the fourth preseason game to be nearly unwatchable and an unnecessary injury risk.

Now that I got that out of the way, here's what we should all be looking for during the Texans' Week 4 preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco won in convincing fashion last year when the two team's met in the regular season, but both teams have seen a decent amount of roster turnover since. While Colin Kaepernick—who I'd be surprised if he played—is still in town, both teams have added new quarterbacks to the roster.

The main event of the evening will be of course the ongoing battle between Tom Savage and Case Keenum for the right to backup Houston starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Neither player has played exceptionally well during the preseason, but I get the feeling that Savage can win the job were he to have a strong performance.

That's the main purpose and goal of the fourth preseason game; giving the young players a chance to win a spot on the roster. The veterans for the most part have already locked up or played their way out of a job, so it will be the rookies and younger players who will attempt to make their mark against San Francisco.

Besides Savage, other Texans players to watch are Andre Hal, Alfred Blue, Travis Labhart, Louis Nix III, Max Bullough and Justin Tuggle assuming they all play.

Besides that, the fourth preseason game means we're just a week away from football that counts. The long nightmare that is the NFL preseason has finally reached the end.

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