"I think pretty much every team, the backup's going to get reps with the ones", Savage said.
O'Brien has praised Watson a lot during training camp - he is happy the rookie is progressing ahead of schedule - but he has also repeatedly expressed his confidence in his starting quarterback, Tom Savage.
Tom Savage has waited a long time to be the Houston Texans' starting quarterback.
"I'm proud of Tom [Savage]", O'Brien said.
While Watson was playing against the Panthers' No. 2 defense Wednesday, prolonged mixed results from Savage and solid play from Watson could force O'Brien's hand early in the season.
Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson starting to take first team reps
O'Brien was asked when he thinks a rookie quarterback is ready to take the reins. "I've seen him be able to do that. If he doesn't get it right away on the field, he goes into the meeting room and tries to fix it". Savage got off to a slow start, but on the third drive he led the offense on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that led to a touchdown.
Another NFL season, another Texans quarterback competition.
After the Texans traded quarterback Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns in March, Bill O'Brien named Savage his starting quarterback, and has stuck by that the entire offseason.
Savage has shown potential in limited action, but it's hard to know exactly what he can do after he's appeared in just five games with two starts in his two-year career. Deshaun ends up being with the first team, which is good. "That's been huge for me", he said. And I'm not going to let anyone take it. While Savage did complete his next eight passes for 67 yards, all Texans fans could talk about was Watson's rushing touchdown and his 15-for-25 night where he showed confidence on the field despite it being his first National Football League appearance. But he has too many other things to think about to worry about that. "He's had to overcome a lot, and I think he's doing some good things out here". So, we just have to keep going with that. If you go there and you win and you play well, they can't pull you.
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