Tom Savage will start Texans' first preseason game

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Watt is amped up for this week's preseason contest with the Carolina Panthers. On August 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Houston Texans will face-off against the Carolina Panthers right here in my home state.

Foreman later broke off a 41-yard run, showing off the same speed he used as a Longhorn. He resumed light throwing this week, but he won't play Wednesday. Houston's starting QB was Ryan Mallett, who is now in Baltimore. Here's the latest National Football League preseason game recap including top performers, stats, and what's up next for the two teams. The total is 37; totals are always lower in the preseason. Without Hundley, the Packers went under the total in all four preseason games previous year. Then the team traded up in this year's draft to select Watson with the No. 12 pick.

Rookie backup Deshaun Watson will play extensively, followed by third quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Panthers' Derek Anderson isn't exactly the Cadillac of quarterbacks, but he's got more in-game experience than Savage or Watson, and that should serve him well here.

Watson was 8-of-14 for 118 yards in the first half, though 56 of those were empty yards that came on a drive in the last minute with the Panthers playing off coverage. Watson is one of the early NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year betting favourites. But it was the No. 2 defensive line and linebacker units that were gashed by the Texans after Luke Kuechly and Co. left after two series. This should lessen the concern if Newton misses time to start the regular season. Kelvin Benjamin also caught a touchdown pass and had 40 yards.

Back at Clemson, his former teammates gathered in the team dining room and on the team's outdoor practice field to tailgate with dinner while they watched their national championship-winning quarterback and some other former Tigers on the big screen. Plus he can return kicks.

After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, the NFL's MVP in 2015 has been held out of team drills for the past week of Panthers training camp, with shoulder soreness. That seems unnecessary considering that even if Newton played, it would have been in limited time.