Many consider there to be a quarterback battle heating up in the Mountains of West Virginia at Houston Texans training camp. While a strong outing by rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson does merit more playing time, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien looks that the situation as more of a learning situation then battle.
“I think there’s no doubt that Tom (Savage) has brought the best out in DeShaun and it’s the same with Deshaun bringing out the best out in Tom,” O’Brien said after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s a very good (quarterback) room. They’re good people and competitive guys but they root for each other. Tom has really shown DeShaun how to run the offense the same way he was taught when he was a rookie.”
In last week’s outing against the Carolina Panthers, Savage started his season with two three and outs but finished strong, going 8-8 for 64 yards. Watson was the real talk of the game, however, going 15-25 for 179 passing yards and rushing 15 yards for a touchdown.
While Watson has earned the right to first reps, O’Brien still knows which direction his team is headed in.
“For us, I think we have a really good situation here,” O’Brien said. “Tom has had a really good camp. He’s thrown the ball really well the past few days. DeShaun has also had a really good camp so it’s been productive for both guys.”
The Texans are set to face O’Brien’s old team the New England Patriots for their home opener this Saturday night.
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