Keenum gets 1st-team reps, won't Saturday

HOUSTON -- During a scrimmage-like team drill in today's practice, Texans quarterback Case Keenum got a few reps with the first team.

It was significant for this reason: Today was the first time in training camp that Keenum took first-team reps in a team drill.

What does it mean in the grander scheme of things? That's more unclear. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Keenum will not get any first-team reps on Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons. Those will all go to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The results for Keenum's first-team time today were a bit mixed. Receiver Keshawn Martin dropped the first pass he threw to him. Martin caught the second. Keenum's third pass fell incomplete. The drive ended well for Keenum, though, with a touchdown pass to tight end Garrett Graham.

As is often the case with Keenum, today's practice featured some nice throws and some head-scratchers.

Fitzpatrick's day wasn't great, either. During one team drill, Fitzpatrick threw four consecutive errant passes. Only one of them even got close enough to the receiver to touch it -- a pass to Martin that was just a little bit too high.

I was impressed with rookie Tom Savage's day. It's important to note that Savage is getting developmental reps right now, mostly with the third team. He had a couple of nicely-placed touchdown throws -- one to running back Alfred Blue and one to receiver Anthony McClung.

The quarterback rotation hasn't changed yet. It's still Fitzpatrick first, Keenum second and Savage third. The only battle O'Brien has declared open is between Savage and Keenum for that backup role.