Tom Savage comments on losing first-team reps

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Should Tom Savage be worried about losing his starting job with the Houston Texans?

It was a bit of a surprise when it was reported on Monday that rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was taking a portion of the first-team reps during practice.

Then again Watson was very impressive during last week’s preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers, so you could say that he earned the reps.

Current Texans’ starter Tom Savage told reporters on Tuesday that he’s not worried about Watson getting some first-team reps with the offense.

From the Houston Chronicle:

"“I think pretty much every team, the backup’s going to get reps with the ones,” Savage said. “I’m just going to worry about what I can control. Listen, I’m out there competing and that makes both of us better. So, we just have to keep going with that.“At the end of the day, both of us, we want to win. So, we let the coaches handle the rest and we’ll go out there and focus on what we can control.”"

Savage also stated on Monday that he will not give up the Texans’ starting quarterback job, but he’s not fully in control.

Like I’ve written before, Savage may not be worried about losing his job now, but if he slips up or gets injured during the upcoming regular season, Watson could take his job and never look back.

Another rookie has been standing out.

Aside from Watson and running back D’Onta Foreman, undrafted rookie free agent Riley McCarron has been looking impressive.

Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien has been so impressed with McCarron that he’s given him a nickname of “The Iowa Flash” because of his speed and quickness.

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McCarron was fairly productive during his final collegiate season as he hauled in 42 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns.

With all of the injuries the Texans have been dealing with at the wide receiver position, McCarron could be someone who helps them during the regular season.