By Eric Schmidt

The Houston Texans are the preseason favorite to repeat as AFC South divisional champions and in some circles, are a trendy pick to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl after heading deep into the playoffs last season. The Texans achieved their franchise first playoff berth last season with rookie QB T.J. Yates under center, but will start the season with veteran Matt Schaub 100 percent healthy and running the team’s prolific offense.

Speaking to the media at a team activity on Friday, Matt Schaub proclaimed himself healthy. “I’m ready to go,” he told reporters. Schaub is sitting out team activities currently, but will be 100 percent at the start of Texans training camp in late July.

Schaub is recovering from Lisfranc surgery on his foot, an injury he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in mid-season 2011.

Schaub told reporters that he likes the potential for the Texans next season. “We’ve been a good offense over the years, and our defense took a huge step last year, and they’re going to continue to get better. The sky’s the limit for what we can do. But we have to keep pushing each other to make strikes every day.”

Schaub was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons prior to the start of the 2007 season, where he served as Michael Vick’s backup. His best season with the Texans came in 2009, throwing for 4,770 yards and 29 scores.

This offseason, the Texans have been focused on getting Schaub back on the field, but they are going to have to turn their focus on bigger issues surrounding Schaub which are looming. A new contract. The signal caller turns 31 next month and he is playing in the final year of his contract, worth $7.15 million this season. The Texans have been cash strapped this offseason, pushing hard up against the salary cap, but they are going to have to find a way to extend Schaub’s contract.

Houston signed undrafted free agent QB Case Keenum of the University of Houston this year, and while he is drawing solid reviews from head coach Gary Kubiak, he is at best, a project.

Houston has assembled an exceptionally solid football team and they appear to be on the verge of making their playoff and Super Bowl push. Locking Schaub in for the foreseeable future would be a wise move on the club’s behalf.

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