The Houston Texans have been backing quarterback Tom Savage as the potential starter for the upcoming season. Prior to the draft and even after drafting Deshaun Watson in the first round, the Texans are lining themselves up for Savage to be the starter.
Shortly after drafting Watson at the end of the first round, the Texans held their press conference to discuss the selection of their new quarterback.
“I don’t know that people really believe us, but we’re comfortable with Tom Savage as quarterback. We’ve been saying that for the last several months,” Rick Smith said of Savage. “He learns, he puts his head down and goes to work, and starts to try to earn the respect of his teammates and try to learn how to play quarterback in pro football.”
Savage appeared in three games in 2016, throwing for 461 yards and completing 63% of his passes. The Texans were 2-1 in the games Savage played and, against Jacksonville in week 15, he relieved Brock Osweiler to bring the Texans back from a poor performance.
Savage was knocked out in week 17 with a concussion, keeping him out for the playoffs, but the Texans liked what they saw from their 2014 draft pick.
“Right now, we’re very comfortable with where we are with the quarterback position with Tom,” Smith stated during the draft. “I like Tom’s potential in this offense, like I said the other day.”
Smith was invited onto Stephen A. Smith’s show on ESPN and was asked if Watson had a chance to start for the Texans. The answer, on Watson, was a little bit different from what had been said in previous weeks.
The Texans continue to bring in talent to their roster and create camps that are centered around competition and, with drafting of Watson, that is what the organization intends to do with the quarterback group.
“Our mentality, we try and create the most competitive environment possible and at every position. There are some things that Dehsuan (Watson) has to come in and learn, all these rookies,” Smith remarked on ESPN. “There is so much they don’t know that they don’t know about pro football. He is in that class with the rest of those men when they report next week.”
Rookies report to Houston on the 14th of May to prepare for rookie mini-camp and Watson will be among 40+ rookies for a three-day camp. That will be the start of Watson’s track to potentially put together enough to get into the discussion to play and possibly start for the Texans in 2017.
“There is a lot for him to learn that way but we want to provide a competitive environment across the board,” Smith explained of Watson coming to Houston. “So he will compete and, like I said, we feel good about Tom (Savage) and his abilities to manage the offense but he will come in just like every other guy on the roster, he will have a chance to play.”
Watson, like all of the Texans rookies coming in will have a chance to make their mark. Despite backing Savage, it is clear the Texans are leaving the door open for Watson to possibly play in 2017.
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