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Coach Bill O’Brien made it clear on Tuesday that Osweiler is the starter for Saturday, period.
“I’m not going to speculate on when [Savage] might clear but yes he is in the concussion protocol,” O’Brien told reporters. “If he were to clear, then he would be the backup quarterback. If not, it’ll be Brandon Weeden.”
Brock Osweiler will be the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans in their AFC Wild Card game against the Oakland Raiders, head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday. Osweiler replaced Tom Savage, who left their Week 17 game against Tennessee with a concussion.
Savage had previously unseated Osweiler as the starter late in the season. Brandon Weeden will dress as the backup if Savage doesn't clear concussion protocol, O'Brien added.
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Savage's condition was back and forth, and at one time he was expected to return in the second half but instead it was Osweiler. Savage is considered week-to-week.
As the Texans head toward an unexpected postseason appearance with an unexpected name leading the offense, receiver DeAndre Hopkins has offered praise for the man who replaced $72 million quarterback Brock Osweiler.
“Oh, yeah, that’s one thing about him that you have to love,” Hopkins said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s always even-keeled throughout. Even when he was getting sacked he would come back to the sideline he was the same guy. ‘Let’s go out and do better next drive.’ I didn’t see him get frustrated, and I don’t think anybody saw him get frustrated during that.”
Savage and Hopkins seem to have better chemistry than Osweiler and Hopkins. Since Savage took over, Hopkins has 11 catches for 130 yards. With Osweiler, Hopkins had a sluggish output as he has tried to prove to the team that a large second contract is warranted.
Though it was just a small sample size, Tom Savage showed Sunday that he gives the Texans a better chance than Brock Osweiler to win. At the very least, he earned the right to get another chance to play, this time with a full week to prepare as the team’s starter.
Savage replaced Osweiler and led the Texans to a come from behind victory. As the story pointed out, one area Osweiler has especially struggled in this season is throwing downfield. On passes thrown 15 yards or more downfield on Sunday, Osweiler was 0-for-2, with two interceptions. Savage was 4-for-8 for 89 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Texans host the Bengals on Christmas Even night in the late game in Week 16.
Tom Savage is real and so are the third-year quarterback's chances of taking over the starting job for a team in the playoff race. Osweiler in the second quarter Sunday after two early interceptions by Osweiler against the Jaguars. The Texans trailed 13-0 at the time of Osweiler's benching and Savage eventually helped the Texans pull off a 21-20 comeback victory.
"I think we've got three really talented quarterbacks here -- I really do," O'Brien said after the game. You can call B.S. on that, you can say whatever you want. I think we have a really talented quarterback room and we don't make decisions on how much a guy gets paid. We make decisions on what's the best way to win a game and that was the decision we made today and I thought today it worked out okay."
While Osweiler was handed a monster $72 million contract in the offseason to solve the Texans' quarterback woes, this benching could be permanent. It's hard to imagine the Texans going back to Osweiler after Savage completed 23 of 36 passes for 260 yards on Sunday. Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over. While Savage showed some downfield capability, Osweiler has been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in football all season. Savage also showed promise in the preseason. After the game, O'Brien wouldn't commit to which quarterback will start on Christmas Eve night against the Bengals, the story said.
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Miller injured his right shoulder in Houston's Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers while attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Brock Osweiler. He had his arm in a sling in the locker room after the game and did not play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Texans promoted wide receiver Wendall Williams from the practice squad to take Miller's spot on the active roster.
There have been plenty of games this season when the play of quarterback Brock Osweiler was a major negative for the Texans, but he turned in one of his better games of the year in Green Bay on Sunday.
Osweiler didn’t turn the ball over while completing 22-of-35 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown in the 21-13 loss. While that wasn’t enough for the team to get a win or score more than two touchdowns for the second time this season, it was enough for Osweiler to say after the game that he feels the offense is close to catching fire.
“I feel like we’re very close to exploding as an offense,” Osweiler said, via ESPN.com. “We are three, four plays away from changing multiple football games. Because of that, I don’t think we can get discouraged. … We’re tired of being close. We really are, as a team. We’re all able to see it on the film. We see it on the film every single week that we’re so close to turning that corner.”
The Texans are in Indianapolis next Sunday and close out the year in Tennessee, so it would be a fine time for Osweiler and company to turn that corner once and for all, the story pointed out.
Though Brock Osweiler and DeAndre Hopkins were able to connect to seal the Texans' win, the two weren't able to do so for most of the game. Osweiler targeted Hopkins 13 times, but that was just the receiver's fifth catch of the day. The Jaguars were able to cover him well by having No. 3 overall pick cornerback Jalen Ramsey follow him all game.
“We’re not looking for connections, we’re looking for wins," HC Bill O'Brien said. "Whatever it takes to win the game, so if it involves 20 catches to Hopkins then great. I’m sure DeAndre will tell you the thing that he cares about the most is winning. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win these games the way we think they need to be won.”
The two connected on a 10-yard pass that pretty much clinched a win for the Texans, but overall Osweiler strugged to connect with the WRs. Osweiler once again went to his three tight ends often. The trio -- C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson -- combined for seven catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets. The longest play was a 13-yard catch by Fiedorowicz.
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