Brian Hoyer gets starting gig back for Texans-- Fri Oct 9 7:20 pm --
Ryan Mallett will fall back into backup role
Brian Hoyer has his job back as Houston's starting quarterback. Hoyer won the job out of camp but was pulled in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to the Chiefs after committing two turnovers. Ryan Mallett has started since then, but he has struggled and Hoyer took over in both of the last two games as the Texans fell to 1-4. Hoyer replaced Mallett in the second quarter on Thursday night and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the Colts' 27-20 victory.(ABC News)
FF Today's Take:Aside from a late interception that sealed a Colts' victory, Hoyer looked sharp on Thursday night. The veteran slinger completed 77.1 percent of his passes en route to posting a 116.6 QB rating, and even added a 14-yard run for good measure. Unfortunately, though Hoyer has shown flashes of brilliance over parts of the past few seasons, these sorts of performances have been too few and too far between. He's nothing more than a bye week replacement in two-quarterback leagues.
Arian Foster ruled out Sunday-- Fri Sep 18 4:15 pm --
Texans' RB practicing but HOU not ready to deploy star RB in a game
Ryan Mallett will take over as the Texans' starting quarterback on Sunday, but he'll do so without the services of running back Arian Foster. Foster (groin) made some progress this week and returned to a fairly active role in Texans practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien cautioned interested parties that this would be a slow integration. The team is hoping to have Foster for the long haul. While he would have been a nice safety net for Mallett as he tries to take hold of the starting job, Houston is wise to push the breaks on Foster. In the past, he's been dominant enough to win games on his own and they may need it down the stretch. Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk each caught a pass in the opener but with the Texans facing a Panthers defense likely without Luke Kuechly they could try and exploit some short opportunities over the middle like Jacksonville did a week ago.(NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:This should come as no surprise, as Foster had groin surgery on August 7th - just six weeks ago. But those who scooped him up in their drafts still got great value, as the former top-fantasy RB was initially predicted to be out for half the season. It now seems virtually certain that we will see Foster by week four, and possibly as early as week three. In the meantime, none of the Texans' backfield options are especially start-worthy.
Ryan Mallett to start at QB for Texans-- Wed Sep 16 12:55 pm --
Texans bench starting QB after one game
Sources: Texans are poised to make a quarterback change. They are preparing to play with QB Ryan Mallett as their starter vs. the Panthers(Ian Rapoport)
FF Today's Take:Brian Hoyer looked shaky against the Chiefs in Week 1 throwing a bad interception and completing just 53 percent of his passes. Mallett has yet to prove he's a substantial upgrade over Hoyer but he'll get an opportunity to prove just that against the Panthers. Mallett is a QB2 against Carolina.
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