The Houston Texans played the New England Patriots in week two of the 2017 NFL Preseason. Here are three players whose performance jumped out in the game.
Tom Savage – quarterback, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans won the AFC South in 2016 without having stellar play at quarterback. So one can only imagine what they can do with a defense getting J.J. Watt back if only they can find a quarterback who run the offense consistently.
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They drafted Deshaun Watson in the first round this year to address the problem moving forward. However, for now Tom Savage is the starter at quarterback and he’s doing his best to hold off Watson for a little while longer.
Tom Savage has looked sharp this preseason and shows that he understands Bill O’Brien’s offense. Savage has also been endorsed by the Texans top receiver in DeAndre Hopkins so he has supporters in the locker room.
But how long will it last? Watson is showing his star potential already in the Texans offense and it’s only a matter of time before he gets handed the keys to the kingdom. But Tom Savage isn’t going to hand the job over easy and the Texans offense will be better off because of it.
Bruce Ellington – receiver
The Houston Texans passing game looks like it will be in better shape this season with the talent at quarterback improving. This is a positive for a young and talented wide receiving unit led by the above mentioned DeAndre Hopkins.
Will Fuller is the deep threat and Jaelen Strong has potential as well. But offseason acquisition Bruce Ellington looks like he’ll be a force for the Texans in the slot this season. Ellington put on a show with four catches for 93 yards against the Patriots.
Ellington never caught on in his time with the San Francisco 49ers. But with the receiving talent around him and the quarterback position looking better with each game, Bruce Ellington has shot to not only make the team but make an impact on offense.
D’onta Foreman – running back
The Houston Texans have a good starting running back in Lamar Miller as he had a 1,000 yard season in 2016. But you can never have enough talented backs to add to the mix and the Texans may have found another one.
Rookie D’onta Foreman is making his presence felt through two preseason games. He has delivered eye-popping big plays as both a runner and a receiver and shows an explosion the Texans haven’t had in their offense on the ground.
And yes, it only in the preseason, so the rookie still has a lot to prove. However, if his early performances are any indication, Foreman will join Miller and Alfred Blue to give the Houston Texans a nice stable of backs to work with in 2017.