HOUSTON -- The first name is the same, and the Houston Texans say not much else is changing, either.
"I've worked hard, I've been focused every day since I've been here, preparing for an opportunity like this, just in case this ever came up," Leinart said. "Now it's just time to take all that preparation onto the field."
He's also found a strong support system within the team that he feels will help get his career back on track.
"I've been surrounded by positivity, I've gotten my confidence back over the last 18 months," Leinart said. "I feel good, ready for this opportunity."
Coach Gary Kubiak is holding out hope that Schaub will return this season, but he's comfortable using Leinart for the rest of the season, if it comes to that.
"You can see the fire in his eyes," Kubiak said. "What a great opportunity for him in his career. He'll give us everything he's got."
"I don't think much is going to change," Leinart said. "I just think we're going to go out there and execute the offense that we've been doing, and that's running the football, and play-(action) pass and getting out on the outside and making some plays."
Rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round pick out of North Carolina, is Leinart's backup, but Kubiak isn't ruling out adding another quarterback this week.
Jeff Garcia, Brodie Croyle, Trent Edwards, Kellen Clemens and former Rice star Chase Clement tried out for the team Monday morning.
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