“He did a good job,” O’Brien said Sunday. “I feel like that’s how he has to play for us. I felt like he played smart; he was comfortable. We had three timeouts on that last drive. When you have three timeouts and over a minute to go in a drive, you can check the ball down the field. They may play a prevent type of coverage and if the back is open, just check it down and let the back gain 10 yards and keep going because you have timeouts. That is a good example of him understanding the situation and being comfortable with our offense.”
Preseason Statistics: 15-29 for 152 yards, 5.8 yards/attempt, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 55.3 passer rating
O’Brien still considers Keenum is still slightly ahead of
Preseason Statistics: 9-17 for 110 yards, 6.5 yards/attempt, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 48.6 passer rating
On Tom Savage:
Savage saw action at the start of the second quarter, and then re-entered it in the fourth quarter. After the Texans’ went up 7-0, he relieved Fitzpatrick who took over near the end of the first half to run the two-minute drill. Putting Savage in early was a decision O’Brien made to test the rookie.
“He didn’t know that he was going to go into the game at that point and I wanted to see how he would handle that,” O’Brien said. “Those are hard things, when you’re a rookie and you go in there and it’s a home crowd, It doesn’t matter that it’s preseason or not, to be thrown in there like that. I thought he did for the most part a decent job of just managing that part of it, being able to communicate the play, point out the protection blocking or the run blocking.”
Preseason Statistics: 6-8 for 22 yards, 2.8 yards/attempt, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 77.1 passer rating
The team heads to Denver on Monday for three days of joint practices with the Broncos. The Texans and Broncos will face each other in the third game of the preseason. Saturday's kickoff, scheduled for 8 p.m. CT, will be broadcast live on KTRK ABC-13 and SportsRadio 610.