Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) passes the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
With Savage it will take some time to find out exactly what type of quarterback the Texans have on their roster, but it sure will be fun to watch him progress into the next starter for the Texans.
Savage drafted 135th overall
Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) scrambles during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
To eventually become the starter, Savage will have be out-play Ryan Fitzpatrick, who the Texans signed this offseason, plus play better than quarterbacks from last season in Case Keenum and T.J. Yates.
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In a media call with Houston reporters, Savage said of be drafting by the Texans:
"“It means a lot. I think it’s a great organization and I’m excited to just get in there and start working. They (Texans) came to my pro day and I met with them, and I’ve always felt real comfortable with Coach (Bill) O’Brien. I was familiar with him at Penn State. He’s just a great coach and I’m excited to get there.”"
Since he was at Rutgers, before leaving football, then returning to play at Pittsburgh for his senior season, Savage said he has matured a lot since his sophomore season.
"“I think I went to Rutgers as a high recruit, played early, and kind of got sucked into the hype,” Savage said. “I played well but I think I became a little complacent with it and I think the best thing for me was to face adversity at a young age and to go through this whole journey because it humbles you and it makes you mature as a man.”"
What I see with the Texans drafting Savage is they might not have a “big-time” quarterback this upcoming season, but if Savage can develop under O’Brien. If he learns the system, plus corrects some of his weaknesses at QB, Savage has a very good chance of becoming a starter for the Texans.
In his senior season at Pitt, Savage passed for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Savage could progress even faster than that, but as I wrote in an earlier article on Savage … patience is the word we’ll have to have with Savage.
Now we just have to wait and watch what happens with the Texans’ QB situation.
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