Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Texans Sign Former Redskins Starting QB

The Houston Texans have agreed to terms on a deal to bring in former Washington Redskins' quarterback John Beck.

Beck was released by the Redskins during the draft last month after Washington acquired Robert Griffin III to be their new starting quarterback, and Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins to be their 2nd or 3rd string Quarterback depending on the results of his competition with Rex Grossman, who will likely be the guy wearing a headset to give Griffin a heads up on the linguistics of the Shanahan scheme.

The Texans found themselves relying on the services of TJ Yates at the end of last season and into the playoffs after Matt Schaub and Matt Lienart both suffered season ending injury. The circumstances left the Texans worried about depth, although they got significant play out of the rookie quarterback. Lienart departed this offseason to join fellow Trojan Carson Palmer with the Oakland Raiders, leaving the Texans searching for a new 3rd string quarterback.

Beck has familiarity with the offensive scheme being run down in Houston under coach Gary Kubiak, who is of the Mike Shanahan mold from the Denver Broncos, where Kubiak adopted much of his philosophy.

Last season in Washington (3 starts in 4 games played), John Beck completed 80 of 132 attempts (60.2%) for 858 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 4 INT's for a quarterback rating of 72.1. The "mobile" Beck was sacked 16 times, 9 or 10 of which came in one game against the Buffalo Bills. Beck also had 10 rushes for 43 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Redskins via trade, Beck was a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and prior to that, the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him.

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