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Tom Savage: I'm going to have some fun and go rip it

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We may have a new slogan for the Tom Savage era in Houston: Have some fun and go rip it.

The new starting quarterback said as much Wednesday in preparation for his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

"It's a great opportunity to go out there and kind of show what I can do," Savage said Wednesday as the Texans returned to practice. "I got to execute what I need to do. I'm going to have some fun doing it and go rip it."

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien might have a different idea, like don't turn the ball over and occassionally get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins, but as evidenced by his bold move to bench Brock Osweiler a week ago, he's willing to try just about anything right now. Savage, a 26-year-old taken in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, made stops at Rutgers, Arizona and Pittsburgh before finding a niche during his final year of eligibility. Draftniks lauded his size but questioned his accuracy and pocket awareness.

It's strange to see Houston's season riding on those shoulders. While the Texans are still winners of two straight and may still win 10 games this season, they have the feel of a runaway train. At the same time, replacement level quarterback play would get completely change their perception, especially if Hopkins gets his hands on the ball more often.

With the co-leading Titans playing the Jaguars this weekend, the need for Savage to be successful against the Bengals is obvious. If that means having some fun and letting it rip, the Texans will take that any day.

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