Jeff Garcia: Houston Texans Add Another Veteran QB

Brett StephenAnalyst IIDecember 7, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 22:  Oakland Raiders quarterback Jeff Garcia #7 gets rid of the ball as he is pressured by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Diyral Briggs #47 during the 2nd quarter as the San Francisco 49ers host the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park August 22, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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After signing Kellen Clemens just a few weeks ago, the Houston Texans have decided to let the third-string quarterback go and replace him with 41-year-old Jeff Garcia.

Garcia has worked out for the Texans the last two weeks but was not offered a roster spot until today.

The Texans signed veteran Jake Delhomme last week to work as the No. 2 quarterback behind rookie T.J. Yates and hopefully provide some mentoring along the way.

Yates has performed well in his two appearances this season, winning his first start last weekend against a tough defensive squad in the Atlanta Falcons.

The Texans hope that Yates continues his mistake-free play and becomes the leader that this team needs to make a deep push into the playoffs.

However, if his play declines, they will not hesitate to replace him with either Delhomme or Garcia, both veterans capable of leading the Texans’ offense.

Garcia and Delhomme are both seasoned veterans with each having thrown for over 20,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in their careers.

Yates is lucky to have two high character guys to lean on for advice and help as he learns the ropes of the NFL.

The Texans travel to Cincinnati this week to take on a Bengals defense that can cause headaches for opposing offenses. 

With his first start out of the way and some early success, Yates should be more comfortable and confident.  All signs point to another successful week for the rookie and another Texans win.