Are more former Texans on the way?

Are more former Texans on the way?
April 7, 2014, 11:00 am
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With the Ravens signings of tight end Owen Daniels and running back Justin Forsett last week, the Texans influence on the Ravens offense continued to grow.

Since the season ended, the Ravens hired former Texans coach Gary Kubiak as the offensive coordinator, and he promptly hired two of his former Texans assistants, quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani.

The Ravens retained wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who had played with Kubiak in Houston, and then signed Daniels and Forsett. And don't be surprised to see at least a couple more ex-Texans coming to Baltimore.

Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that familiarity with Kubiak's system and schemes has a lot of value.

In announcing the signings of Daniels and Forsett last week, Harbaugh said, “What guys like Owen and Justin bring to the table as far as knowing the offense and being able to bring their insight into that with our players – that is going to be big for us."

So what other Texans might come aboard? The most logical choice would be a backup quarterback.

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It's probably no coincidence that shortly after Kubiak was hired, John Harbaugh made public, for the first time really, his dissatisfaction with Tyrod Taylor's play as the Ravens backup quarterback. It doesn't take a huge leap to surmise that Kubiak is looking for a backup quarterback that is more familiar with and better suited for his offense.

That's not to say Taylor will lose the job, but he likely will face a tougher time holding the job than he did the past two years, when he had to hold off Caleb Hanie and Curtis Painter. 

The Texans have signed Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, joining Case Keenum and T.J. Yates on the roster. And new Texans coach Bill O'Brien has said the Texans will draft a quarterback. Do the math, and that's four quarterbacks -- more than the team will carry on the 53-man roster.

Once cuts begin to shake out, it's possible Keenum or Yates -- both of whom played for Kubiak -- will become available. If that happens, expect Kubiak to pick up the phone.

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