By Derek Fogel

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans Quarterback Tom Savage has battled through his football career since high school. He transferred twice in college, got drafted to the league and then spent nearly an entire season on the injured reserve. Now in his third season in the NFL, his first career start will be Saturday in the middle of a playoff race.

“I think it kind of made me the man I am today. Never take these things for granted, just go out there and have fun and enjoy each day,” Savage said.

It’s been a full week for him as he moves into the starting role at a crucial time in the season. A comeback win after taking the reins in the middle of the game will draw some eyes. Despite the noticeable pressure of being QB1, Tom is taking it in stride.

“I wouldn’t say anything is really different, I mean I went in each week preparing to be the starter. Obviously taking a deeper look into it,” Savage said.

On 36 pass attempts Tom completed 23 of them for 260 yards. That’s double the amount of completions than his first two, and only, NFL games combined and quadruple the yards. All three of his appearances have come off the bench, now it’s time to see what he looks like as a starter.

“It’s a great opportunity to go out there and show what I can do… I’m going to have some fun doing it and just go rip it,” Savage said.

Saturday at NRG Stadium will be a milestone in his career and of course it comes with its challenges. The visiting Cincinnati Bengals’ defense has been good despite their (5-8-1) record and ranks 6th in the NFL in interception rate. They are also 13th in the league in both passing yards per play and per game.



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