This time of year every NFL team is keeping an eye on the players that are currently on the team and trying to figure out exactly where each player can contribute to the team and the upcoming season.
Every single roster spot is special and each individual player has to fight in order to earn one of those precious few spots.
The off-season is a time for the coaches to watch individuals players fight to prove themselves and convince the coaches that they can contribute to the team. It is a time to evaluate and analyze the players individually and how they will fit with the team.
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Tough Texans Choice
The Houston Texans are one of the NFL teams that have a huge decision to make when it comes to who will be the starting quarterback for the 2015 season.
The Texans decided to re-sign Ryan Mallett after he was acquired last season be a trade with the New England Patriots. He will compete with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job with the Houston Texans this upcoming season.
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Neither Mallett or Hoyer has had much success as a starting quarterback in the NFL thus far in their career, but at this point in time Hoyer might just have the upper hand because of the game experience they acquired with the Cleveland Browns.
Mallett has been known to be a somewhat inconsistent passer dating back to his collegiate days playing at the University of Arkansas. He is a tall pocket passer in every sense of the word and isn't very mobile. He prefers to stand tall in the pocket and deliver the ball down field to the receivers. He is a strong arm that sometimes gets in trouble trying to force the ball into tight spaces.
Hoyer was relatively successful the last few seasons with the Cleveland Browns considering the talent level he had to play with. He is a much more accurate passer than Mallett and he has the mobility to make accurate throws outside of the pocket on the move.
At this point in time, Hoyer might be the favorite to start for the Texans in 2015, but there is another quarterback on the roster that many people have forgotten about.
Entering his second year in the NFL, Tom Savage has caught the eye of the Texans coaching staff and in particular head coach Bill O'Brien.
"He's made a lot of progress," said head coach Bill O'Brien. "From the end of the season to where we are now, the guys done a good job… As a coaching staff, were encouraged with how we've seen Tom progress."
This might not be a ringing endorsement that Savage is going to be the day one starter for the Texans may take the field to open the season, but it is encouraging to know that he's caught the eye of his head coach.
Savage completely understands that the NFL is a business and his opportunities to prove to the Texas organization that he is worth keeping around are limited.
"Not a lot of teams keep three quarterbacks. You've really got to earn your spot in this league," said Savage.
The Texans organization thought enough of him to to select him in the fourth round in last year's NFL Draft, that it would be wise to see if he could possibly be the future quarterback of the organization.
Look for Savage to receive a lot of reps with the offense during training camp and the preseason to see if he is the answer at the quarterback position for the Texans. If not, is he worth the roster spots it would take to keep him. Not many teams in the NFL carry three quarterbacks anymore.
I'm pretty sure that a lot of teams would jump on the chance to add him to their teams if he somehow became available because of his potential and it's that potential that makes him my dark horse candidate to start at quarterback for the Houston Texans.
Who do you think will be the Houston Texans quarterback in 2015?