As the Texans head into their third preseason game against the Saints the main focus of the starters should be to continue to fine tune things in preparation for the regular season. With the Texans having had practices sessions with both Patriots and Saints I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill O’Brien doesn’t play the starters the full 3 quarters. Tom Savage had an impressive showing last week against the Patriots, and did it with the added pressure from the prior week when Deshaun Watson out performed him. As long as Tom Savage looks decent against the Saints we should fully expect him to be the starter week 1. Since the day Watson was drafted Bill O’Brien was set of having Tom Savage be the starter, and the main reason seems to be because he wants his quarterback to have the entire playbook at his disposal.
The wide receivers group was starting to become very thin, Will Fuller is out for an extended period and Hopkins and Braxton Miller were not active for the Patriots game. But Bruce Ellington and Jaelen Strong had a big impact and made plays. Strong was creating space and running routes like a primary receiver, he looked like Brandon Marshall out there. On the Texans touchdown drive he manhandled Butler on one play, and later on the TD catch he flat out beat Butler with his footwork on an inside slant route for the score. The play would have been cleaner if Savage had thrown the pass into Strong’s path, instead he threw it high causing Strong to slow his route and elevate into the air to make the grab. Bruce Ellington came out of nowhere and all of a sudden might fit in as the slot receiver this team has been seeking for years now. He has the quick twitch explosiveness, speed and even made a great play on a ball deep along the sideline on Malcolm Butler.
Deshaun Watson didn’t make as much noise against the Patriots, but he performed well and scored a rushing TD for the 2nd consecutive week. The Texans definitely have a special player in Watson, and his time will come soon enough. The D’Onta Foreman is the real deal, and is going to allow the Texans to have a dangerous running attack. Last year the Texans had to rely heavily on Lamar Miller and force 20 + carries on him consistently which ultimately resulted him nursing nagging injuries. Foreman is showing the potential of a top ten type of running back, and with Alfred Blue looking good, and Tyler Ervin improving the Texans have great depth at RB.