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DeAndre Hopkins Thinks Tom Savage Should Start At QB Over Deshaun Watson

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins knows who he wants under center.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has played with plenty of quarterbacks over the years, and for him, the answer is obvious who he wants to start this season.

Put simply: Tom Savage is his guy.


"If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I've played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years," DeAndre Hopkins said after practice Friday. "So I put the stamp on Savage, and I think that's all that needs to be said about that."

"I've played with at least 10 quarterbacks," Hopkins said. "So because of what [Savage] does well and what he can do for this team, I know he can help us win what we want to win. He does everything well. He's a student of the game, from just being on the bench, watching and learning from other people's mistakes, seeing what they've done wrong. He can put the ball in any place. He has a strong arm. He has a knowledge of this offense. He's been in this offense his whole career."

Right now, the coaches seem to agree. Savage has taken a bulk of the first-team reps, leaving first-round pick Deshaun Watson to work with the backups. While Watson is an exciting prospect and a talented rookie, there's a clear preference for the guy who's got NFL experience. Savage started in two games last year following Brock Osweiler's benching and has been around the team for three years.

It's certainly not out of the question that Watson could see some playing time this year if Savage falters, but right now Savage is the guy.