Nov 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback (7) drops back to pass against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second quarter atBobby Dodd
Stadium. Tech won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe the Houston Texans have found their next franchise quarterback in Tom Savage, or maybe they just drafted another quarterback in the middle of the NFL Draft.
What I would like to see the Texans to do with Savage is develop and wait.
I’m just being honest … I’m not sure the Texans are going to the playoffs in 2014, but with the players they’ve drafted thus far in the NFL Draft the Texans might not be that far off.
Remember the Texans were 2-14 last season with a lot of injuries and poor play last season, leading to them hiring Bill O’Brien as head coach on Jan. 3.
But with Savage … he has the potential to be a starting QB in the NFL, though history says players drafted in the fourth round or later have a tougher road to travel to being a success in the NFL.
Will Tom Savage succeed in the NFL?
Following his Pro Day in March, one NFL Scout said of Savage as reported on NFL.com:
"“He’s got a really strong arm, but erratic. Maybe late-round type. But interesting.”"
I like the “interesting” part.
The same NFL.com article also stated:
"“While Savage has a strong arm, decision-making and accuracy have been issues. He also lacks mobility and that issue was exacerbated in 2013 because Pitt had a young offensive live. He was sacked eight times in a loss to Virginia Tech and seven times in a win over Virginia.”"
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What I like about Savage is many, including O’Brien and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock feel Savage is a good fit for the Texans, with Mayock saying:
"“I think this is a great fit for the Texans. He’s got a hose. His arm is any bit as good as Logan Thomas‘ or Zach Mettenberger‘s. He’s a natural thrower of the football. He’s got all the mechanics, so now it’s all about developing the kid’s ability.”"
In his most recent collegiate season, Savage passed for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. For his three-year collegiate career (two seasons at Rutgers), Savage totaled 5,690 yards with 37 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
What it will come down to for Savage is being patient with him, giving him time to develop and not putting a lot of pressure on him early. I have no problem sitting Savage for a season, maybe two, while he learns the NFL game from O’Brien who can help make quarterbacks a success.
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