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Texans Starting Tom Savage At QB In Week 16


Texans HC Bill O’Brien announced Monday that QB Tom Savage will, in fact, get the start in Week 16 with Brock Osweiler heading to the bench.

“Feel like Tom Savage gives us the best chance to win,” O’Brien said. “We will see what he can do for us Saturday against the Bengals.

Regarding Osweiler, O’Brien said: “I have a lot of respect for Brock Osweiler… he’s done everything we’ve asked of him. It’s just the nature of the business.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media mentions that based on what he’s hearing, it would be a “major surprise” if the Texans didn’t start Tom Savage at quarterback in Week 16.

Rapoport points out that Savage got their passing attack back in sync on Sunday after he replaced Brock Osweiler. Beyond that, Savage protected the ball and was able to get star WR DeAndre Hopkins more involved in their offense.

Texans HC Bill O’Brien told reporters after Sunday’s game that they won’t make a decision regarding their starting quarterback position based on Brock Osweiler’s salary.

“We don’t make decisions on how much a guy gets paid,” O’Brien said, via ESPN.com. “We make decisions on what’s the best way to win a game. That was the decision we made today and I thought today, it worked out OK.

This is obviously good news for Savage and his chances of taking over as the team’s starting quarterback.

Osweiler has struggled all season and the Texans still somehow on top of the AFC South division, so all they need right now is adequate play from the quarterback position to secure a spot in the postseason.

Savage, 26, is a former fourth-round pick of the Texans back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.52 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season.

This year, Savage has appeared in one game and thrown for 260 yards while completing 23-of-36 pass attempts (63.9 percent) to go along with no touchdowns or interceptions.


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