By Adam Spolane

The first start of Tom Savage’s NFL career didn’t start the way he would’ve hoped. Against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday night, the quarterback was knocked around, with the Texans offense limited to fewer than 40 yards in the first half and kept of the NRG Stadium scoreboard. The results might not have been there, but Savage impressed his teammates.

“He got up whenever he got hit,” Texans left tackle Duane Brown said. “He didn’t complain, got back in the huddle.”

Savage and the Texans offense didn’t exactly explode after halftime, but it did put 12 points on the scoreboard, allowing the Texans to win the game 12-10.

“That part of what makes him a good quarterback and a good teammate,” Brown said. “The attitude he has every play, never gets to high, never gets to low.”

“That’s one thing that you gotta love,” Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. “He always even-keeled throughout, even when he was getting sacked. He would come back to the sideline and he was the same guy, let’s go out and do better next drive. I didn’t see him get frustrated, and I don’t think anybody saw him get frustrated.”

For almost three seasons, Savage sat in obscurity on the Texans bench, but all of the sudden, he’s been thrust in the spotlight as the starting quarterback of a team headed for the playoffs. If Savage carried himself differently in his new role most people would understand, but Hopkins says he’s the same guy that was drafted in the fourth round close to three years ago.

“I’ve know Tom since he got here,” he said. “Even when he wasn’t out there on my field. He’s still my buddy. He’s still talking, still talking about football and things in general, nothing’s changed.”


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