It’s unclear how much longer the Houston Texans quarterback job will be filled, and how much rookie Tom Savage will be considered if and when it becomes open.
But Savage said he’s starting to feel more and more comfortable in the system, should an opportunity ever present itself.
“I’m just prepping like I’m the starter,” Savage said Wednesday. “It’s really helping me kind of get better at watching film and understanding schemes and defenses and I think it’s really helping me out a lot.”
The Texans haven’t invested much in any of the quarterbacks on the roster. Ryan Fitzpatrick was signed this offseason to a low-risk, short-term deal. Savage cost them only a fourth round pick. Ryan Mallett was acquired via trade for a conditional sixth rounder.
Even if the time came this season for head coach Bill O’Brien to take a look at possible quarterbacks of the future, it’s unlikely Savage would be first in line. Not with Mallett’s tools and the fact that his contract expires at the end of the season.
With Houston sitting at 3-3 and still with four games against bottom-dwelling division rivals in the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, their future quarterback prospects have taken the back seat for their chances at a playoff berth. But, if Fitzpatrick were to be benched and Mallett injured or ineffective, Savage could get his shot, and Savage seems closer to being ready to handling it.
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