The Houston Texans did indeed end up taking a quarterback in the NFL Draft back in May, as many expected they would, but not the one everyone thought. Instead of taking a Johnny Manziel or a Teddy Bridgewater, the Texans and first-year head coach Bill O’Brien settled on former Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, who could be in line to see time on the field this season.
According to Albert Breer, having impressed a lot of people over the spring, should he keep up the good work during training camp, Savage has the opportunity to see some time on the field during his rookie season.
4) Texans QB Tom Savage could eventually see time this year. Looked good in spring. Big thing is ability to maintain it v. live competition.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 24, 2014
As Breer states, keeping it up against live competition is the key in all of this. No one ever argued that Savage has an absolute cannon for an arm, but as we saw at Pitt last season, he did struggle under pressure a lot of times, which is something that needs to change if he wants to be the leader of this team at some point this year.
But if anyone can get him ready for that challenge, it’s his new head coach in O’Brien, who has a long history of molding quarterbacks into something special.
Now we’ll see if he can work his magic with Savage.