Houston Texans OTAs: Bill O'Brien downplays Tom Savage's chances to begin season as starting quarterback

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Just a few days ago, there was some news that broke about all four of the Houston Texans' quarterbacks, including Pitt rookie Tom Savage, getting equal reps in the team's OTAs. While that seemed to indicate the four would have an equal chance to perhaps win the starting job, as I said at the time, I wasn't convinced that Savage would get that shot.

Head coach Bill O'Brien was on The Fan morning show recently and talked about, among other things, Savage's chances to win the starting job for Opening Day. In case you were hoping to see Savage get the nod for Houston's first contest, you probably shouldn't hold your breath:

"I really think that it’s important that that guy learns in his first year," O’Brien said. "I think it’s very, very, very difficult to play quarterback as a rookie, especially in the first 6-8 weeks of the season in your first year. We’ve got veteran quarterbacks here… those guys are battling out for the starting job, and Tom’s in there, and he’s battling too, but hopefully Tom can come into this season and learn a lot, and run the scout team, and then go from there after this season."

As I've said all along, I've got a hard time believing that Savage will even start this year, barring some injuries. As O'Brien pointed out, the Texans have three guys with experience over him. Just really hard to see Savage come in as a mid-round pick and play well enough to surpass guys like Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

O'Brien also went on to say that Savage is arriving early and impressing, but it still sounds as if him starting early in the year is a stretch.

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