Tom Savage’s time with the Houston Texans is paying off, as is his tenure as the only constant in the quarterback room since head coach Bill O’Brien’s arrival in Houston in 2014. Savage had strong performance in the preseason opener, throwing two touchdowns and completing 58% of his passes for 168 yards. It is clear that Savage’s grasp of the offense has taken huge strides, which has been evident on the field since the team arrived for OTAs.
Knowing the system has helped separate Savage from Brandon Weeden and, most importantly, stabilized the quarterback depth chart for the time being. It has been a steady progression for Savage since he was drafted out of Pittsburgh in the 2014 NFL Draft. Having his past two seasons ended with injuries, a knee his rookie season and a shoulder injury in the final preseason game of 2015, landing him on the injured reserve, has only strengthened his resolve.
Savage has had a solid training camp in which he has demonstrated an impressive feel for where the ball is supposed to go and a strong overall command at the line of scrimmage. His touch on his passes has improved and Savage throws one of the most catchable balls on the field from the quarterback group.
Training camp ended on Thursday and Bill O’Brien had thoughts on the back up quarterback situation.
“I would say right now it’s Tom Savage, I think he’s number two right now,” said O’Brien of the back up quarterback position. “But that’s not to say that (Brandon) Weeden hasn’t done a good job. I think Weeden has really improved. Tom has been in our system for three years, Weeden’s only been in it for about eight months or close to a year.”
Weeden is currently third on the depth chart with Savage backing up Brock Osweiler. This is the first time in a long time for the Texans that their quarterback depth chart has been set this early in the preseason.