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|Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:45 pm Post subject: Why a season of Tom Savage is the Texans best option for 201
|The Texans just spent a first round pick http://www.hl-sapporo.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_25.html on Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson to help solve their quarterback woes, but the best option for the 2017 season is already in-house in Tom Savage.
Tom Savage, the former fourth round selection of the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft has talent. No one denies that. The dude can sling the football with the best of them.
Yet, the former Pittsburgh Panther has only managed to start a measly three games in his three-year NFL career. That has less to do with Savage’s ability to play on the field and more about him being healthy enough to do so.
Savage missed the entire 2015 campaign due to a sprained shoulder. There are some, like myself, who believe that if healthy, Savage would have played over both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett at some point that season.
There is a part of me that believes Savage’s performance might have been enough to convince the Texans not to sign Brock Osweiler, but that is neither here nor there.
Back to the point…
Before the Texans selected Watson, I wrote http://www.hssmstore.com/daeshon-hall-jersey-c-1_41.html an article urging for Savage to start. Those points still hold true today, however some things have changed that need to be addressed.
Savage has shown both promise and talent.
That promise started in the first preseason game for the Texans last summer against the San Francisco 49ers where Savage displayed a good feel for the pocket, while showing good accuracy and a pop on his throws. Granted, it was against the 49ers’ second team.
Savage is the veteran. Sure, he only has three starts to his name. He also has three years worth of experience in the Texans’ offense. He showed a lot of promise against the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars last season. You can see that tape here.
When Savage had time in the pocket as he did against the Jaguars, he was borderline elite in the short to intermediate ranges. He had one bad Graham Gano Jersey read and throw the entire game in those areas.
Savage did what Osweiler could not and the whole team responded well to his play and accuracy in the short and intermediate ranges.
John Harris, of the Texan’s official team website broke down how the offense changes with Savage.