September 18, 2017
On Thursday night, rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson made his first NFL start and four days later he has been named the starter against the vaunted New England Patriots. Tom Savage who was Bill O’Brien’s starter through OTA’s, preseason and one half of football in game one of the 2017 season has been relegated to a ball cap and a clipboard once more. And that was just the beginning.
On Monday, a depleted wide receiver corps for the Texans became a little more depleted from an experience standpoint as the Texans released third year pro Jaelen Strong in favor of 2nd year free agent signee Cobi Hamilton and former undrafted free agent Andy Jones.
Hamilton, with ties to Texas having played his high school ball in Texarkana has been signed to the practice squad. In his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016, the former Arkansas receiver caught 17 balls for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
For Jones, it has been a crazy two weeks. Fifteen days ago, Houston signed the rookie out of Jacksonville University only to cut him ten days later. Now less than a week after being sent packing, the Texans called him back. In fact, Jones had been suited up for Week 1 against Jacksonville.
Now back to Savage. It was according to Bill O’Brien, Tom’s team that is until halftime of Week 1 against Jacksonville. The fourth year pro sacked six times in the first half with two fumbles was never really going to be the long term starter for Houston. Everyone knew including Savage that Watson was the quarterback everyone from the fans on up wanted to see on the field and it was from that no win situation that the signal caller out of Pittsburgh was subjected.
“Obviously, you never want to be replaced,” commented Savage on the loss of his job. “That’s not a good feeling. It’s a team sport. I’ll be there for this team. Obviously no one wants to be pulled like that. I’ll be ready to go.”
Houston returns to action on Sunday September 24 , 2017 on the road at Gillette Stadium.