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Week 1 Opponent’s Starting Quarterback Announced

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 18, 2014 – 12:40 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

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.

CHIME IN: It may be June, but the season will be here before you know it. How do you think the defense matches up with Fitzpatrick and the rest of the Texans’ offense? Let us know below. 

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