Savage has been sharp during the preseason in relief of starting quarterback Brock Osweiler, earning the backup role ahead of Brandon Weeden. Through three games, the Pitt product has completed 25-of-47 passes for 318 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 95.9. His 53.9 percent completion percentage is not too impressive, but he's dealt with uneven circumstances, playing mostly with the twos and threes. "I think he's improved," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I'd just like to see steady improvement from him. I think one of the things that we have to do at that position on Thursday is take care of the football, manage the game properly, move the sticks on third down, execute in the red area, get us into the right plays."
Savage completed three of four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Savage is ahead of Brandon Weeded for the backup quarterback job, and the 2014 fourth-rounder may have locked up the role with Sunday's impressive (albeit brief) performance. Weeden's fate will likely depend on whether the Texans want to keep a third quarterback.
Houston's newly minted No. 2 signal-caller had a more difficult time of it Saturday than he did in the opener last week, but Savage did nothing to lose his spot as Osweiler's primary backup. He has more time in the system than Brandon Weeden and, as such, is being groomed to pilot the
Head coach Bill O'Brien has labeled Savage as the backup quarterback ahead of Brandon Weeden, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
There is still plenty of time for Weeden to potentially dethrone Savage as the Texans' backup quarterback, but Savage has really impressed during training camp, throwing two touchdown passes in the preseason opener against the 49ers. O'Brien stated that Savage "has really improved," and that, paired with the fact that Brandon Weeden is 32 years old, makes Savage a favorite to win the backup quarterback job.
Savage was the second quarterback to play in Sunday's preseason opening win over the 49ers. He completed 14-of-24 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
All the caveats about playing against second- and third-teamers apply, but it was a positive showing for the third-year quarterback, who missed all of 2015 with a shoulder injury. He's competing for the backup job with Brandon Weeden, who mopped up the final five minutes of the game.
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