Tom Savage received some unfortunate news from the NFL today.
He told the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain that the league is fining him for a tripping incident in the final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Savage also told McClain he is appealing the fine.
QB Tom Savage told the media today the league fined him for tripping in the Dallas game. Said he will appeal.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 7, 2016
He was drafted by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, making him the longest-tenured quarterback on their roster. His 2015 season was lost to a shoulder injury.
Brock Osweiler was signed in the offseason to be the Texans’ starter. Brandon Weeden, who also signed in the spring, will be the third-string quarterback.
Savage sealed the job in the fourth preseason game, completing 12 of 18 passes for 119 yards. He led the team in touchdown passes during the preseason.
Head coach Bill O’Brien told the Houston Chronicle he has been impressed with Savage throughout training camp. “Very improved player,” O’Brien told the Chronicle about Savage. “He’s put a lot of time in on the field and off the field. He’s really worked hard to change his body, become stronger, become quicker, quicker release. He has a much better knowledge of our offense. It takes a while for that position. The only thing Tom needs is an opportunity. Tom is a good football player and he’s put a lot of time in to get to where he is right now.”
Osweiler played decent when filling in for Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos last year, but it is still unknown how he will play as a full-time starter. Savage already beat out Weeden, maybe he can challenge for the top spot later in the season.