28. Tom Savage – Houston Texans
2016 stats: 46-for-73 (63.0%), 461 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 90%
With Osweiler jettisoned out of Houston, it appears as if head coach Bill O’Brien will hand the keys of the offense over to fourth-year quarterback Tom Savage. The former Pitt Panthers star has made only two NFL starts in his career, and has yet to throw a touchdown. Savage is mobile, and possesses a very strong arm. It’s a big gamble by the Texans, considering the team has all of the ingredients to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The wildcard in this scenario is Deshaun Watson. Drafted No. 12 overall in April’s draft, there’s no question Houston – who traded up 13 spots to select the Clemson product – views him as the option of the future. If Savage gets off to a slow start, the clamoring for Watson will begin in earnest from both the fan base and the media.
27. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos
2016 stats: 289-for-486 (59.5%), 3,401 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 10 interceptions
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 75%
After an up-and-down season that resulted in Denver missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010, Siemian’s status as the Broncos’ franchise quarterback remains up in the air. But even amidst reports of a potential Tony Romo-John Elway union, Siemian is still the odds-on favorite to start Week 1 of the 2017 season. The Northwestern alum possesses a strong, accurate arm capable of making every NFL throw, and displayed strong command of the offense in 2016. Siemian won’t wow you by any means, but is solid as a game manager and capable of helping lead the Broncos back to the Super Bowl in 2017.
Image Source: Andrew Nelles/USA TODAY Sports, Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports