Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 5/30/12
A team coming off of a playoff season is unlikely to have a plethora of position battles, but some of the competition for back-up jobs can get interesting. Presuming that Matt Schaub's surgically repaired foot allows him to open the season as the starter and presuming that T. J. Yates would have to have a miserable training camp to lose the back-up job, only one quarterback job remains open on the roster: the third spot behind Schaub and Yates. That competition is between undrafted rookie Case Keenum and veteran John Beck. Beck had been with the Redskins, where Mike and Kyle Shanahan employ essentially the same offense used by Gary Kubiak. So a few days after Washington released Beck in April, he became a Texan. "I spent the last couple of years watching a lot of Houston tape," said Beck. "I'm excited to be a part of it. I'm especially excited to see Matt when he gets back in training camp because I've watched him on tape and now I'll get a chance to watch him at practice." While Yates appears safe as the second-stringer, coach Gary Kubiak isn't ready to pronounce the hierarchy of his quarterback group beyond Schaub. "To me they (Keenum and Beck) are competing with T.J.," said Kubiak. "Matt's our starter and everybody is competing with T.J. John has the mental capacity and he understands everything we're doing. I think we can really help John with the way he plays the game so we're trying to change some of the things he does. Time will tell." A second-round pick by the Dolphins in 2007, Beck has started just seven games in five NFL seasons. He has played for the Dolphins, Ravens and Redskins but has been unable to secure a job as a long-term starter. "T.J. did such a good job last year, coming in and helping this team get its first playoff win," said Beck. "That stuff is really not even on my mind. I'm just kind of saying I get an opportunity to be on this football team to continue to practice in an offseason and I'm taking it one day at a time." Beck made it clear that there no promises given when he joined the Texans: "I said what's up to them the first day I got here. They said, 'Welcome to the Texans, put your nose down and work.' So that's really all I'm focused on -- putting my nose down and working." Beck had brief opportunities to win starting jobs in the past. He started five games for the Dolphins during his rookie season, going 0-5, although the Dolphins were a bad team regardless, finishing 1-15. Miami drafted Chad Henne the following year and signed Chad Pennington, effectively ending Beck's opportunity in South Florida. Beck got a chance with the Ravens in 2009 and 2010 but did not appear in an NFL game again until 2011 when he was a member of the Redskins. In Washington, Beck had a shot at the starting job but Rex Grossman was named the starter. With the Texans, Beck will soon learn that Kubiak can be very demanding of his quarterbacks. "I want to be coached that way," said Beck. "I want somebody to help me be the best I can be. I thin tough coaching comes from the coach wanting players to succeed."
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