Tom Savage deserves to get most of the first team reps during the Houston Texans’ OTA’s.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said after this year’s NFL draft that quarterback Tom Savage is expected to be the Houston Texans’ starter for their 2017 season opener despite the fact that they drafted former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
This makes sense given the fact that Watson has an uphill battle when it comes to learning the Texans’ playbook as he transitions to the NFL.
So it’s not a surprise at all when it was reported this week that Savage is taking most of the first-team reps in OTA’s.
From Sarah Barshop of ESPN:
"Savage, entering his fourth season in Houston, is getting the majority of the reps with the Texans’ first-team offense and he said that the change is helping him “a lot” to build chemistry with the team’s receiving corps. While Savage did start two games late last season, it can be difficult to build a rapport with the players who will be catching his passes in the midst of a playoff race."
Savage is obviously the favorite to be the Texans’ starter given the fact that he’s now been in the NFL for a few years and is familiar with Houston’s offense.
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You also have to remember that the last thing the Texans need to do is rush Watson along and ruin him mentally.
Don’t get me wrong. There is a chance that Watson could win the starting job this season. He still has a couple of months before training camp starts and could very well outplay Savage in the preseason.
But right now, the odds are in Savage’s favor and Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien knows he gives them the best chance to win right now.