DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson are bonded together as former Clemson football players on the same NFL team.
But just because they share a tie as former Tigers doesn’t mean that Hopkins is giving the rookie Watson his vote to be the starting quarterback with the Houston Texans.
On Friday, Hopkins reportedly gave the nod to Tom Savage as his choice to be QB1 for the Texans.
“If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I’ve played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years,” Hopkins said Friday following practice, according to ESPN. “So I put the stamp on (Tom) Savage, and I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.”
Hopkins is heading into his fifth NFL season now, having played with the likes of Brian Hoyer, Matt Schaub, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Mallett and more during his career with the Texans.
Savage is among those players, having started a handful of games with Houston after he was drafted by the team. But the Texans went out and picked Watson with the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after he led Clemson to back-to-back national title game appearances and a national championship last season.
Savage is the incumbent during preseason camp and heading into the 2017 season, with Watson pushing behind him for playing time. But right now, the star of Houston’s offense is giving his vote of confidence to the more experienced hand.
“I know he can help us win what we want to win,” Hopkins said per the Sporting News. “He does everything well. He’s a student of the game, from just being on the bench, watching and learning from other people’s mistakes, seeing what they’ve done wrong. He can put the ball in any place. He has a strong arm. He has a knowledge of this offense. He’s been in this offense his whole career.”