After a miserable initial half from Tom Savage, Bill O’Brien incited to his rookie quarterback on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson started a second half for a Houston Texans and finished 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 29-7 loss to a Jacksonville Jaguars.
Watson’s initial possession roughly finished with an interception in a red zone, though it was negated by a Jacksonville penalty. On a indirect play, Watson found DeAndre Hopkins on a four-yard touchdown pass over a center for Houston’s initial points of a 2017 season, capping a 14-play expostulate that lonesome 75 yards in only underneath 6 minutes.
It would be Houston’s sole outing to a finish zone.
Watson ran into identical struggles from there as Jacksonville’s invulnerability continued to relentlessly rush a passer. The rookie was strip-sacked by Dante Fowler and tossed an interception, that was scarcely returned for a measure by Jaguars reserve Tashaun Gipson.
O’Brien is no foreigner to a second-half QB switch. The manager did it in 2015, replacing Ryan Mallett with Brian Hoyer with a Texans trailing a Falcons 42-0 in a third entertain of a Week 4 loss. He did it again final year opposite Jacksonville in Week 15, replacing Brock Osweiler with Savage, who led Houston to a quip win. This time, it’s Watson replacing Savage.
“The preference to go with Deshaun had some-more to do with could we find a spark, could we find somebody that could maybe make a play, that could shun a pocket, things like that,” O’Brien pronounced after a game. “I suspicion that Tom unequivocally hung in there and played really tough. We had a tough time safeguarding him so we only done a preference to go with Deshaun.”
In his initial start of 2017 as “the guy” for Houston, Savage was constantly tormented by Jacksonville’s brisk defense. The Jaguars piled adult 6 first-half sacks of Savage, who frequency looked gentle in a pocket. Calais Campbell set a Jaguars’ single-game pouch record with 3.5 sacks in a initial half alone.
Savage frequently unsuccessful to shun a slot before it collapsed around him, ensuing in dual forced fumbles, with one being returned for a touchdown. The quarterback also flung mixed passes into seas of defenders and was mostly throwing off his behind foot, even when not underneath duress.
Whereas Savage resembled a statue available dispersion in a pocket, Watson offers mobility unmatched by Savage, that was immediately apparent on a rookie’s initial drive. The quarterback extended plays and a possession on mixed occasions, withdrawal a slot to possibly buy himself time to find an open man, or run for certain gains.
“(Savage) was perplexing to do a best he could,” O’Brien said. “It was only a preference we done we felt like to try to get something going.”
O’Brien didn’t name his Week 2 starter, though deliberation how feeble his descent line played in Week 1 and a tinge of O’Brien’s comments after a diversion — he seemed morose for Week 1, generally when deliberating how a line fared — it’s expected Watson will be a man again in Week 2. The reason is simple: Savage doesn’t offer anything some-more than Watson, while a rookie brings a ability to shun pressure.
“I don’t know,” O’Brien pronounced of his preference on a Week 2 starter. “I’ll take long, consider about it a prolonged time tonight and try to continue to work on Cincinnati, and we’ll see what a best proceed is contra them.”
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