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Texans starting Fitzpatrick leaves QB of the future behind

Can Fitzpatrick lead the Texans?
Can Fitzpatrick lead the Texans?
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The Houston Texans signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency desperate for a veteran signal caller who could lead the team better than Case Keenum or rookie Tom Savage could.

Head coach Bill O'Brien believes Fitzpatrick is the guy, "He earned it," O'Brien said. "He earned it with his preparation. He earned it with his accuracy." according to

You can bet anything on and odds on Fitzpatrick being selected the Texans quarterback were pretty good, at least for 2014.

Ever since Fitzpatrick was pushed aside by the Buffalo Bills he's been searching for a chance to be the guy. Last season he started nine games for the Titans after Jake Locker was injured. He threw for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns and earned the shot he was searching for. "This is where I wanted to be," Fitzpatrick said. "I wanted another shot at it. I wanted another chance to be the guy.

Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the long-term answer, but he does offer a stop gap solution.

By drafting QB Tom Savage from Pitt in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, they have a dark horse player who could surprise a few.

The knock on Tom Savage was his inability to stay at one school. He started his career at Rutgers in 2009 and was named the Scarlet Knights' most valuable player. After sitting out most of 2010 he would then transfer to Arizona in 2011, but would transfer again to Pitt in 2012.

The numbers speak for themselves in 2013 when he passed for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns, including a six-touchdown performance against Duke.

Savage is the ideal, big, tall and strong-arm quarterback who can make all the throws from the pocket. According to "he could have the strongest arm in the 2014 class."

The most important factor about quarterback Tom Savage is his experience in the pro-style offense. Along with his intelligence, hard work ethic, and leader mentality, he could be the future for the Texans.

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