If there is one ongoing theme during this off-season for the Houston Texans, it would be the support Tom Savage seems to have from inside the building. The Texans made a stronger commitment to having him in position to compete for the starting quarterback position with the move to trade Brock Osweiler.
Savage remains the hand picked quarterback of the Bill O’Brien draft era. When Savage was in the draft process, O’Brien himself travelled to Pittsburgh for his pro day and even ran the drills to watch Savage work, making him a fourth round draft pick in 2014.
Now it appears the Texans will remain open to having Savage as a possible starter for the team in 2017, or at the very least, the backup option once again.
It was clear during Super Bowl week in Houston that the Texans organization had Savage in the plans with Owner Bob McNair making it clear on what they wanted to see from him.
"Tom played well for us; the challenge there is for him to remain healthy,” McNair mentioned during Super Bowl week. “Sometimes you have seen quarterbacks the first couple of years suffer injuries and then go for an extended period of time where they are very healthy. I would hope that would be the case with Tom because he does have the ability and he has the right mindset. We would love to see him perform well.”
Savage has had some bad luck regarding his health since he arrive in the NFL, suffering a knee injury, a shoulder injury that landed him on the injured reserve in 2015, and an elbow infection plus a concussion late in the 2016 season, which kept the team from getting an extended look a Savage last season.
However, in 2016, Savage received an extended look by coming in relief of now-departed Brock Osweiler to win a game against Jacksonville and he clinched the division in a win over Cincinnati. Savage threw for total 461 yards, completing 63% of his passes with no interceptions.
“I have always felt good about Tom Savage. He is a very hard working guy, he’s got an excellent arm,” O’Brien said of Savage while at a Special Olympics event in Houston on Sunday. “He has been injured, he hasn’t had great luck when it has come with the health front of things. It is not because of his own doing that is just what has happened to him. We’ve enjoyed working with Tom, we are looking forward to working with him on April 17th.”
It is clear the Texans still have a vision for what Savage can be for this team and Savage has shown a grasp of the offense. The backing by McNair and now O’Brien demonstrates that Savage has a solid chance to put his name into the mix to start the upcoming season.
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