Texans A.J. McCarron and Joe Webb III Set to be the Depth Behind Deshaun Watson

Patrick D. Starr

With Deshaun Watson at the helm for the Houston Texans, the backup quarterback position appears to be in a right spot according to General Manager Brian Gaine. The Texans signed both veteran A.J. McCarron and brought back Joe Webb this off-season to be the primary options behind Watson for the 2019 season.

“A.J. McCarron right and Joe Webb right now on the depth chart would be our two back up, quarterbacks,” Gaine said of the current quarterback position behind Deshaun Watson.

McCarron has appeared in 13 games with three starts completing 64.0% of his passes for 928 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. If McCarron can fill that backup role adequately, it appears Gaine is in position to keep him on the roster past the 2019 season.

“AJ has been a guy that has been an experienced player both as a backup and fill in starter,” Gaine explained. “So he has had these opportunities where he has had to come into the games and play and go out and start. We like the fit for our scheme and for our system we like the culture fit as well. It gives us a prism into looking if we want to do something long term with him as well.”

McCarron was the primary back up for the Cincinnati Bengals winning two games late in the 2015 regular season to get them to the playoffs, and in 2018 he signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills only to be traded to the Oakland Raiders during the 2018 season. The Texans signed free agent quarterback A.J. McCarron to a one-year deal, and Gaine is using this deal to get a more extended look at the 28-year-old signal caller.

Just like last season, Joe Webb III is in position to make the 53-man roster due to the multiple areas he can play including quarterback. Webb made the final roster in his first season with the Texans in 2018 and was active for every regular season game playing mainly special teams and wide receiver in a pinch.

“Joe Webb is a great roster saver for us,” Gaine admitted of Webb. “Although he might be a backup reserve quarterback he can go in and play receiver, he can play special teams. He can play on the perimeter, he can play slot, and he can play on fourth down. So that is a great roster saver for us in terms of the 53-man but also the 46 man.”

The Texans have an invitation extended to Ole Miss rookie quarterback Jordan Ta’amu for rookie mini-camp (Read More Here) but barring injury the quarterback depth chart for the 2019 season is currently on the roster.

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