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Texans not getting their money’s worth out of Osweiler yet

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler

The Houston Texans have had a rough time trying to find a good quarterback. Before the start of this season, they signed Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract without ever meeting him, hoping he’d be the answer to their prayers. Five games into the season, he’s been anything but.

The Texans can get out of their deal with Osweiler after two seasons, which is looking like their best option right now. But that doesn’t detract from the pain they’re feeling this season after overpaying for an under-performing quarterback. Right about now they’re probably wishing the Denver Broncos had upped their offer to Osweiler.

Will time tell?

All that aside, Osweiler’s young. At age 25, there’s time for him to live up to his potential. But he can’t keep going on like he has been this season. In the Texans’ latest loss, falling to the Minnesota Vikings 31-13 on Sunday, Osweiler completed only 19-of-42 passes for 184 yards – and most of those came after the Vikings already had a 24-0 lead (only 21:14 into the game). After five games in a Houston jersey, he has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 70.6 rating. Last season the Texans had to start four different quarterbacks and they still had an 85.3 rating.

At the beginning of the season, Osweiler gave Houston fans a peek at his potential, but he’s in a downward spiral. The pressure is getting to him, too, and it’s showing.

No cause for concern?

Despite Sunday’s struggle, head coach Bill O’Brien said he’s not concerned with Osweiler’s performance, and is, in fact, impressed with the way the quarterback prepares for games. “I think Brock is working very hard,” he told ESPN. “He’s very prepared. I think all of us, including himself, we all have to do a better job. I’m sure he’d be the first one to tell you.”

O’Brien may not be concerned just yet, but he does see areas for improvement. One of the main things he wants to work on with Osweiler is getting the ball to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The bright point in Sunday’s loss was Osweiler’s touchdown pass to Hopkins for the longest drive of the night. Unfortunately, the game was pretty much over for Houston by that point, and Osweiler didn’t have many other opportunities to throw the ball.

But maybe we shouldn’t count Osweiler out just yet. He holds himself to very high standards and feels like he’s getting better every week. Plus, he’s got the backing of his coaches and GM. With only 10 NFL starts under his belt, Osweiler is going to get more and more experience as a starting quarterback, and hopefully he can turn things around by the end of next season – or else he may be looking for a new job.

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