As nice as that play was, it wasn’t the highlight of Keenum’s day. That came a couple practice periods later as the undrafted rookie from Houston carved up the defense in a two-minute drill situation to end the Texans’ final practice of organized team activities (OTAs).
“His best time in OTAs came at the end of practice today, so that tells me that he’s getting better,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “I put him in a hurry-up environment, and he went out there and was automatic with what he did. He’s learning. He’s figuring out all the spots, and when he does that, I think he’s going to be very effective. I’ve been pleased. I think everything has been moving forward, so I’ve been really pleased, and I guess today made me really excited to see him be at his best.”
Keenum (6-1, 206), the all-time leading passer in NCAA history, was the Texans’ third quarterback in OTAs. He’ll be the second quarterback next week during the team’s three-day mini-camp, working behind 30-year-old free agent addition John Beck. Quarterback T.J. Yates will sit out of mini-camp practices along with other veteran players.
“I’m going to give him a ton of reps,” Kubiak said of Keenum. “I’m going to take some of the older guys and just work them with (head strength and conditioning coach) Cedric (Smith). I’m going to keep the young guys out here next week. He’ll work as the two next week, so that will be good for him and just keep getting as many as he can.”
The Texans are likely to keep three quarterbacks in 2012. Mini-camp could prove to be a critical three days for both Keenum and Beck.
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