Third-Stringer: Tom Savage
In 2014 the Houston Texans spent a fourth-round pick on Tom Savage, after foolishly passing up on the chance to get several other players, one of which turned out to be pretty solid in Derek Carr (now an Oakland Raider). Savage was a project player at best, who bounced around a lot during his collegiate days as he spent time at Rutgers and Pitt and even was at Arizona, although he never played there.
Weight: 228 pounds
Completion percentage: 52.6
Record as a starter: Never started a game in the NFL
A shoulder injury in the preseason cost Savage his 2015 campaign and it was a shame to see that season come to an end before it even started. Not only could the sophomore have seen some action during another revolving door year for Houston, but he arguably looked the most comfortable running the offense out of all the guys they had during the preseason.
The strong armed kid looked to have matured a lot over his first offseason and showed some nice touch and accuracy during his time in the exhibition games. While the competition was always between Hoyer and Mallett, there were those who felt Savage should have been included in the mix.
Now this season Savage will compete for a shot at being the backup with Weeden, but most likely should lose out as Weeden has more experience than not only Savage, but the starter as well.
For fans, the hope is that Savage will only see time in the preseason as him even being active on game day would be a scary reminder of the past two seasons of multiple signal callers.
Season prediction: Zero games active, on the roster as an insurance policy who grooms to be a backup