Texans’ Savage gets first NFL start Saturday against Bengals
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Tom Savage has been waiting for a chance to show everyone what he can do. The Houston Texans’ backup quarterback (starting quarterback?) will get it on Saturday when he makes his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Last week, the Texans brought in Savage in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars, benching Brock Osweiler after he threw two back-to-back interceptions early in the game. Savage took over and helped lead Houston to a 21-20 lead over the Jags.
Before that, Savage’s only other time playing at the pro level was in 2014, when the then-rookie replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick after Fitzpatrick broke his leg during a game against the Indianapolis Colts. In that game, he finished 10-of-19 for 127 yards, but he botched a handoff, which led to a fumble, and threw an interception.
Now he’s ready for another shot. That disappointing game two seasons ago was on his mind last week. “No doubt,” he said. “Because as a competitor you want to go out there and that’s what those guys deserved. And they deserved it that year when I went in as a rookie to go in there and be prepared. And I wasn’t going to make that mistake again.”
Savage injured his knee in that game against the Colts and was out for the rest of the season. Then, he missed all last season with a shoulder injury – so this really is his big return. Savage isn’t the only one with high hopes; the Texans are also hoping this quarterback can revive a team that’s struggled under Osweiler.
“He’s a confident guy. I think he has good poise,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s the same guy every day … he’s got the personality for the spot that he’s in right now and we’re all looking forward to seeing him play and take advantage of his opportunity.”