Tom Savage
Tom Savage
29-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Lions gave Savage a one-year deal this spring to back up starter Matthew Stafford. However, the former Texans starter -- who has a history of concussions -- suffered a concussion in the preseason and could potentially spend the entire 2019 season on injured reserve. Josh Johnson was signed to take his place and will compete with David Fales for the backup gig in Savage's presumed absence. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Lions in August of 2019.
Cut by Lions
QBFree Agent
August 31, 2019
Savage was released by the Lions on Saturday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Savage's release comes as a bit of a surprise, with Detroit ultimately choosing Josh Johnson as the backup quarterback. Savage may see some interest from other teams after he showed an ability to step in and start for the Texans last year.
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How do Tom Savage's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
230 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.97 sec
Shuttle Time
4.36 sec
Cone Drill
7.33 sec
Vertical Jump
27.0 in
Broad Jump
105 in
Hand Length
9.63 in
Arm Length
31.63 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Savage entered 2017 as the Texans' Week 1 starter at quarterback but quickly lost the job to rookie sensation Deshaun Watson. With just five career touchdowns compared to seven interceptions, the fifth-year pro signed with the Saints this offseason and is expected to back up future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
Savage heads into Week 1 as the Texans' starting quarterback, but he'll be looking over his shoulder at rookie Deshaun Watson, the team's first-round pick (12th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. Savage steps into a good situation with a productive running back and game-changing defense. Will he be able to generate more offense than he did during his brief opportunity last season? In two-plus starts, Savage led the Texans on just two touchdown drives in 2016. Given that he's thrown 92 passes during his NFL career, there's still a learning curve for the fourth-year pro out of Pitt who won't be asked to be much more than a game manager. Success will mean limiting mistakes.
Savage enters his third NFL season after missing all of 2015 with a shoulder injury. When he was drafted in 2014 (fourth round), Savage was viewed as a developmental project that could become the team's number one at some point, but he's had little game experience since. Now, with Brock Osweiler signed to a lucrative four-year deal in the offseason, the Pitt grad is looking to elevate to the team's backup, competing with Brandon Weeden. The Texans harbor postseason aspirations in 2016 and will want an experienced hand backing up Osweiler -- even if that hand is attached to the arm of Weeden, whose career TD-to-interception ratio is 31:30 -- so Savage is likely looking at a third-string role.
In lien to work as the Texans' No, 3 QB when he returns from a shoulder injury.
The Texans selected Savage in the 4th round of the draft, but just barely before the 5th round at 135th overall. He's not an overly impressive quarterback prospect, as his arm strength is his only constant. Questionable reads, inconsistent accuracy and poor pocket presence made Savage the underdog in the competition with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum. Keenum was eventually released when the Texans added Ryan Mallett via trade from New England. Mallett is the presumed backup to Fitzpatrick while the team grooms Savage as the future at the position.
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Returns for preseason finale
QBDetroit Lions
August 29, 2019
Savage completed five of nine passes for 157 yards during Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.
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Enters concussion protocol
QBDetroit Lions
August 10, 2019
Head coach Matt Patricia confirmed Saturday that Savage is in concussion protocol, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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Possible concussion in preseason opener
QBDetroit Lions
August 8, 2019
Savage completed two of three passes for 40 yards and rushed once for 15 yards during Detroit's preseason opener against the Patriots.
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Expected to win No. 2 role
QBDetroit Lions
June 26, 2019
Savage is expected to enter the upcoming season as the Lions' No. 2 quarterback, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
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Headed to Detroit
QBDetroit Lions
April 10, 2019
Savage signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday.
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