In a perfect world for Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, both starting QB Tom Savage and backup Deshaun Watson will play well, stay healthy and continue to develop poise in his offensive system.
In Houston’s 27-23 win against the New England Patriots, Savage went a crisp 8-for-9 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Watson was slightly less accurate than he was in his debut, going 3-for-10 for 102 yards but electrified with an 8-yard touchdown run.
Savage maintains a firm hold on the starter job.
Rookie watch: RB D’Onta Foreman, a third-round pick, had another strong game, rushing for 17 yards on seven carries with a 4-yard touchdown while also breaking two tackles on a 63-yard reception. Foreman has 165 combined rushing and receiving yards in two preseason games and is making an increasingly convincing case for a bigger role in the offense. … NT Rickey Hatley busted through the middle for a big sack of Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Noteworthy: Two longtime cornerstones of the defense — DE
J.J. Watt and LB Brian Cushing — made big plays in limited action against New England. Watt burst through the line to tackle Patriots RB Rex Burkhead behind the line of scrimmage for a 2-yard loss, and Cushing later had a brick-wall tackle of Burkhead just past the line. … Just two weeks removed from a failed physical with the New York Jets, WR
Bruce Ellington had 93 receiving yards on four catches and showed great chemistry on deep passes from Savage in DeAndre
Hopkins’ absence. Hopkins (hand) and OLB Jadeveon
Clowney (undisclosed) didn’t play vs. New England.