Savage is building chemistry with the Texans' young wide receiver corps, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "It's helping a lot," the quarterback noted. "That's all it's about, is chemistry with these guys and competing against one of the best defenses in the NFL. It's all you can ask for. I think a little more of it is in the communication, obviously, with some of the guys."
Savage heads into the training camp as the No. 1 quarterback for the first time in his career and is getting connected with the starting wideouts on the team as a result. While head coach Bill O'Brien remains adamant that Savage is the starting quarterback, rookie Deshaun Watson is clearly the quarterback of the future, leaving people to question just exactly when the future will be. In the meantime, Savage, who recorded 46 completions on 73 attempts for 461 yards in three games last season, will continue to get synched in with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and the likes.
Savage is Houston's starting quarterback according to head coach Bill O'Brien who made that clear following the team's first-round selection of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Tom is our starter," O'Brien said.
O'Brien said Watson will have to sit and learn behind Savage and Brandon Weeden, though it's clear the long-range plan is for Watson to be Houston's franchise quarterback. Savage, by dint of his experience in the offense, is the likely starter Week 1.
Savage likely will face competition from an early-round draft pick, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Savage and Brandon Weeden -- both in the last year of their contracts -- are the only quarterbacks on Houston's roster ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. While Weeden might nominally be a part of the competition, the starting job likely will come down to a battle between Savage and a rookie. The 26-year-old only has 92 pass attempts in three professional seasons, but he did appear competent in a late-season cameo last year before suffering a concussion in Week 17.
With Tony Romo leaving football for a career in broadcasting, Savage is expected to be Houston's starting quarterback, ESPN.com's Todd Archer and Adam Schefter report.
Savage's spot atop the depth chart is unlikely to come without a challenge, as the Texans still figure to add a veteran quarterback and/or use an early-round pick on the position. The second route seems more likely, as the team hasn't hinted at any interest in signing the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jay Cutler. Savage has only attempted 92 career passes through three seasons, but he did appear competent upon replacing Brock Osweiler for a brief stretch late last season.
When Brock Osweiler was struggling mightily down the stretch last season, head coach Bill O'Brien turned to Savage for the first time since he was a rookie in 2014. During the initial appearance in Week 15, Savage entered in the second quarter and led the Texans to a divisional triumph over the Jaguars with 260 yards through the air. He tacked on 176 more yards in his first professional start, but a concussion forced Savage out of the regular season finale and sidelined him throughout the team's two-game playoff run. Outside of jettisoning Osweiler so far this offseason, the Texans have been laying in wait when it comes to the Cowboys' dealings with Tony Romo. With a stellar defense in place, Houston is a premier QB away from challenging New England for supremacy in the AFC. If the Texans are unable to land Romo and instead scoop up a signal-caller in the draft, Savage could be called upon as the starter due to his experience in O'Brien's system.
|P1||8/9/17||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|2||9/14/17||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|