Deshaun Watson replaces Tom Savage for Texans

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On the other hand, Watson is already 5-of-8 for 37 yards and one touchdown since entering the game in the second half.

Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown in his National Football League debut, and Jacksonville had 10 sacks and forced four turnovers to help the Jaguars to a 29-7 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Savage was sacked six times, including two that led to turnovers in his Week 1 start.

In the 2015 season opener O'Brien pulled starter Brian Hoyer in the second half for back-up Ryan Mallett after Hoyer struggled against the Chiefs in the first three quarters.

Watson was originally selected by the Texans in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He completed 7 of 13 attempts for 62 yards. They had more yards on Watson's first drive as a pro than Savage managed the whole first half. That's not all on Savage, considering his offensive line was terrible with left tackle Duane Brown holding out, but it was clear that it was time for Deshaun Watson to make his debut.

Though no one expected the Texans to make a change this quickly, Savage starting over Watson was always going to be a temporary situation.

But Bortles and the Jaguars responded with a 10-play, 75-yard march, with Bortles finding fullback Tommy Bohanon for a 1-yard pass and a 26-7 lead.

It's been widely assumed that Watson, at some point, would take over and try to act as the quarterback of the future.

Houston was driving late in the fourth quarter when Watson turned it over again on an interception by Tashaun Gipson, who returned it 67 yards.

Robinson limped to the sideline after making a first-down catch on the Jaguars' initial drive of the game, then proceeded to the locker room, presumably for further evaluation.

The Texans travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.

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