Texans coach Bill O’Brien Sticking with Tom Savage at QB

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien reiterated in no uncertain terms that Tom Savage is his starting quarterback after a convincing start to the preseason, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Savage has completed 85 percent of his throws for 167 yards on 17 of 20 passing for 167 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions and a 118.1 passer rating.

While complimentary of rookie backup quarterback Deshaun Watson, O’Brien has no intentions of a rotation or special packages involving the All-American quarterback from Clemson at this time.

“Tom’s the starter,” O’Brien said Tuesday. “Tom has really had a good camp. He’s only thrown three incompletions in two games. He’s got a really good command of the offense.”

Midway through the preseason, Watson has completed 18 of 35 passes for 281 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s rushed for two touchdowns, gaining 34 yards on seven carries.

“Deshaun is a very, very good young player who has a bright future in this league,” O’Brien said. “Let’s put the cards on the table, but Tom has been here for four years. The way we want to play, the style relative to getting guys lined up, protection points, route reads, putting guys in the right spots, Tom’s ahead of Deshaun.”

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Bill O’Brien Announces Tom Savage as Texans Starting QB for First Preseason Game

Texans coach Bill O’Brien disclosed what he expects from his three quarterbacks in the first preseason game Wednesday at Carolina, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden will play against the Panthers.

“Tom’s going to start the game,” O’Brien said. “Deshaun and Brandon will play.”

As for how much time the quarterbacks will play, O’Brien said, “You have no idea how the game’s going to play out. How long is this drive? How long is that drive? You have to play it by ear relative to how the game goes.”

Savage, who has taken every snap with the first team during training camp, needs all the repetitions he can get because he’s started only two games in his first three seasons.

DeAndre Hopkins Endorses Tom Savage as the New Texans Starting QB

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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins endorsed veteran Tom Savage to be the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans in 2017 according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

For what it’s worth, Savage was listed as the No.1 QB on the Texans’ first unofficial depth chart released Friday. That said, the Texans likely did not move up in the draft to select DeShaun Watson of the National Champion Clemson Tigers only to let him sit on the bench behind Savage for long. And both coaches and the media have raved about Watson throughout the summer. His pedigree alone gives him a leg up over Savage, who was originally a fourth-round pick by the Texans out of Pittsburgh in 2014 and was underwhelming in the three games he saw action in in 2016.

Hopkins has faith that Savage can get the job done. . “If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I’ve played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years,” said Hopkins. “So I put the stamp on Savage, and I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.” Having the team’s clearcut No.1 wideout in your corner is certainly a bonus but we are still skeptical that Savage will claim the starting gig over the talented Watson.

J.J. Watt Drops Bombshell DJ Reader – He Doesn’t Believe in Dinosaurs

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Sometimes during training camp you find things out about your teammates that you just can’t believe when you hear them.

For Texans stud linebacker J.J. Watt, a player he has known for quite awhile dropped a bombshell on him regarding – of all things – the existence of dinosaurs.

Reader responded after a rather funny tweet about the subject came in regarding the original tweet:

To which Watt responded:

Texans OT Duane Brown Already Out $250,000 for Missing Offseason Workouts

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Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown had better be strong in his convictions about missing camp for the Texans, because it’s costing him quite a bit of cash.

The tackle, who is not happy with his deal and is expected to miss the start of camp, is out $250,000 according to Field Yates of ESPN as missing offseason workouts has triggered a clause in his contract dropping his salary.

As a big name on the Texans O-line, the team and tackle had better get their ducks in a row and get him into camp by hook or by crook, or this could turn into an ugly holdout as the summer goes along.

Texans LT Duane Brown Not Expected to Report to Camp On Time

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The impasse between the Texans and three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown hasn’t been resolved. Barring a change, he’s not expected to report for the start of camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Brown skipped the entire offseason due to unhappiness about a contract that has two remaining years, including a non-guaranteed base salary of $9.65 million this season.

He’s subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp that he holds out.

Among all left tackles, Brown ranks 11th in cash compensation this year. He’s playing under a six-year, $53.4 million contract that includes $22.081 million guaranteed with a $12.5 million signing bonus. The deal has become outdated with time as new tackle deals have surpassed those numbers.

Brown’s potential leverage stems from the Texans’ lack of an adequate replacement at left tackle.

Brown, 31, has remained in Los Angeles for most of the offseason. It’s unclear if a compromise will be reached during camp. There’s been no talk of negotiations as the Texans have an unofficial policy to not renegotiate deals with two years left with the only exceptions being for J.J. Watt and Andre Johnson. At this point, Brown isn’t expected to miss regular-season games.