The Washington Redskins knew when and where they were going to play the first game of the 2014 NFL season in April.
The only mystery that remained was who the Houston Texans, the Redskins’ Week 1 opponent, were going to roll out as their starting quarterback.
Linked to several signal calling prospects before the NFL Draft, the Texans, who held the No. 1 pick, went defensive by selecting former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. So without mainstay Matt Schaub, questions arose as to who the Texans would tap out of their four employed quarterbacks to be the Week 1 starter.
After a minicamp session yesterday, though, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien ended further quarterback competition talk by announcing the team’s starting quarterback.
Find out who it is and the individual’s history vs. the Redskins below:
At his post-practice press conference, O’Brien announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick had earned the right to face the Redskins Week 1.
“He’s a guy that’s earned the job,” O’Brien said. “All four of them have put in a lot of good work, but at the end of the day, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s our starter.”
Perhaps you’ve heard about Fitzpatrick before. In 2010, he was a media darling of sorts partially because he threw 23 touchdowns, but also because he was a former Harvard student.
In total, Fitzpatrick has played in the NFL for nine seasons where he’s accumulated 14,444 passing yards with 106 touchdowns, 81 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 77.0.
Fitzpatrick also has a little bit of history with the Redskins.
The former Crimson quarterback got his first NFL start vs. the Redskins in Week 13 of the 2005 season.
His final stat line that day: 21-for-36 for 163 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a 24-9 Redskins victory.
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ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.