Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage (3) passes late in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans defeated the Broncos 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Savage 'closed the gap' for Texans' backup QB spot

A quarterback-needy team that drafts a quarterback doesn’t have to play that quarterback. Houston Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage is proof of that. He’s still trying to fight for the backup quarterback spot with Case Keenum. He’s doing a good job of it.

“I would say that’s pretty close,” head coach Bill O’Brien said about the backup quarterback competition in Houston, via CSN Houston. “You know, I think that’s pretty close. We’re discussing that right now. I think both guys had good moments last night but I think Tom Savage definitely closed the gap and it’s pretty close.”

Savage proved grace under fire by leading the Texans to a 18-17 victory against the Broncos on Saturday. The fourth-rounder threw 5 of 6 for 74 touchdowns and continues to compete at a high level. Admittedly, he’s playing against players that may no longer be NFL employed.

“But again now, let’s be real clear here now,” O’Brien said. “He’s got a long way to go. We’re not headed for Hawaii and the Pro Bowl now. We’re talking about battling for the No. 2 job. I would say that Keenum’s still 2 but Tom … it’s a good, tight race between two really good guys, competitive guys.”

Savage’s strength is his aptitude as a field general. He’s a leader that knows how to line up the offense and identify coverages. O’Brien noted those improvements. It’s unclear, however, if they have made a lasting effect on his place on the depth chart.

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