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HOUSTON (AP) -- Tom Savage knows he has a lot of work to do to rebound this week against the Los Angeles Rams after what he called a ''cringe-worthy'' performance in his first start for the Houston Texans on Sunday since Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury.
but Savage didn't lead the team to any points until he threw his first career touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins with about six minutes remaining.,Savage failed to move the offense for much of the day in a 20-14 loss to the Colts on Sunday. The defense scored a touchdown in the first half
but he was sacked and fumbled for his third lost fumble in just 1+ games after he was benched at halftime of the opener after losing the ball twice.,The Texans had a chance to win it on the last play
''I'm my worst critic. I really am. I mean, I know you guys probably write some bad stuff,'' he said referring to reporters. ''But I can promise you that there's no one more hard on myself than me. And so, obviously,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, I just look at everything I can work on and try and get better from there.''
Savage used the term ''cringe-worthy'' when he was asked what it was like to watch video of the game.
''Because ... I know that I can make these plays,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,'' he said. ''That was the most frustrating part ... it was a very frustrating game for me because I was coming off the sideline like I'm seeing everything,Womens Walter Payton Jersey, it's not like too fast or the lights are too bright or anything. It's just the way it is. I've done it all training camp,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey, all preseason and I've done it my whole career.''
instead speaking in broad terms about what he wants him to do.,Coach Bill O'Brien wasn't in the mood on Wednesday to discuss details of what Savage has to do to improve this week
''Play loose, have some fun. Don't worry about anything other than making the right reads, play free,'' he said. ''Go out there, let it rip, getting us into the right play and let it rip.''
but Savage and his coaches agree that he should be helped by an entire week of practice with the first team. Last week he had just one full day of practice to prepare as the starter after Watson was injured in practice on Thursday.,No one wanted to make excuses for his struggles on Sunday
He had a really tough time early on Sunday when he completed just one of his first nine passes for 10 yards on Houston's first three drives.
Savage moved the team much better in the fourth quarter when connected with Hopkins on a 34-yard touchdown pass before leading Houston to the 7-yard line on the next drive before the offense stalled.
''He knows the game plan,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, he knows the offense,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey,'' O'Brien said. ''He's very,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, very schooled up on how to run our offense. He's a smart guy. He's going to have a full week of practice under his belt,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, which I think is a big deal ... so hopefully he can go out there and play well.''
he believes that he can turn things around and help the Texans end a two-game skid on Sunday.,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey,Although Savage hasn't had a good performance in either of his games this season
''I'm really confident in myself,'' he said. ''I really do believe that I'm a starting quarterback in this league and I do believe that I can throw the ball really well and accurate, and that's never been an issue for me. I know that I just got to go out there and do it.''
His confidence is helped by having a pair of receivers in Hopkins and Will Fuller who rank first and second in the NFL with eight and seven touchdown receptions respectively.
''It just makes quarterbacks' jobs a lot easier,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey,'' Savage said. ''Not many guys are blessed with two guys like that that can go up and get it and have the vertical aspect of their game and still be able to be really good route runners. So, it's a blessing to have them.''

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