After playing for the majority of the Houston Texans preseason opener Tom Savage is now officially listed ahead of Brandon Weeden on the depth chart
It looked like heading into training camp that the Houston Texans were ready to roll with Brandon Weeden as the primary backup to starter Brock Osweiler. He was given a two-year deal worth $4 million and then last season’s starter, Brian Hoyer, was released shortly after that deal was signed.
Weeden as the number two guy wasn’t a bad thing for Houston. In 2014 and 2015 he was the primary backup for the Dallas Cowboys, but they decided to release him after acquiring Matt Cassel. Weeden was then claimed by Houston in November.
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He was pressed into duty just weeks after arriving and helped the team win two huge AFC South games as they wrapped up their division title.
Then the preseason started and all of a sudden Weeden was a forgotten man. He spent the majority of the game on the sidelines and threw just one pass. The bulk of the playing time went to third-year quarterback Tom Savage.
On Tuesday, head coach Bill O’Brien said that Savage will continue the role of being the primary backup moving forward.
"“I would say right now it’s Tom Savage,” O’Brien said via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I think he’s No. 2 right now. That’s not to say that Brandon Weeden hasn’t done a good job. Tom has really improved. Both guys what stands out to me as backup players they both throw the ball very well. They spin the ball very nicely.”"
Savage admitted in that same report that he still has a lot to improve on as a player, but it’s true that he has looked good in every opportunity he has gotten so far in the NFL.
"“I have a crap ton to improve on,” Savage said. “I’m excited to watch the film and get better. That’s what it is. You can never be perfect in this league. You can always find something to improve on.”"
Savage was 14-of-24 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason opener. He looked great especially considering he spent all of 2015 on the injured reserve and played with mostly second-and-third string players all around him.
He should get plenty more time when the Texans take on the New Orleans Saints this Saturday.