August 4, 2017
For now, however long that might be, Tom Savage is listed at the top of the Houston Texans depth. The injury to wide receiver Will Fuller on August 3rd may be the beginning of the change to that status. Savage, with four years in Bill O’Brien’s system has control of the offense however DeShaun Watson is just a throw away from taking the reins of the offense for good.
Tom Savage was the last man left standing after four years under Bill O’Brien. He was the first quarterback taken under the O’Brien watch and initially represented everything the Houston coach wanted in a signal caller. he was big and tall with a strong and accurate arm. He was someone who could throw the deep ball and handle adversity. He is still big and tall. He still has a strong arm. Je can still throw a deep ball and that’s where the problem comes in.
With the injury to Will Fuller, there is no one to throw the deep ball to on the gridiron. The second year receiver out of Notre Dame was the Texans deep threat. He was the guy that would stretch the field and open the space for guys like Braxton Miller, DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller out of the backfield. With him gone, the scouting report favors the rookie out of Clemson, DeShaun Watson. The nation champion quarterback is nearly as tall as Savage at 6-2, 221lbs. With a strong, although at times inaccurate deep ball, Watson displays the ability to keep the Texans secondary opposition honest when needed. What makes Watson the number one quarterback possibility are his legs. His ability to like Cam Newton or a young Michael Vick makes it hard for a defense to defend. Respect for his ability to scramble unlike the rather immobile Tom Savage gives the Houston Texans an edge they will need with the loss of Fuller. The former Clemson Tiger quarterback has all the physical attributes you want from a quarterback and then throw in that he is durable (Savage is not) and his field leadership is second to none. All one has to do is watch his two national title games against Alabama.
Savage may open the preseason against Carolina on Wednesday night (August 8, 2017) but don’t let that fool you. When guys like veteran NFL and Houston Texans reporter John McCLain are comparing him to NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon after just a few days in training camp and the Houston Texans head coach is singing his praises, it’s just a matter of time until the whole NFL world is facing DeShaun Watson.
“Deshaun is really way ahead of any rookie quarterback I’ve been around,” said Bill O’Brien.
August 4, 2017