However, that experience didn't show in the first half as he went just 7-13 for 62 yards and was sacked six times, with one of those turning into fumble that led to a Jaguars touchdown.
After two quarters of scoreless Texans football, while trailing the Jaguars 19-0, Houston coach Bill O'Brien pulled his starter in favor of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. He was sacked six times, and Watson was sacked four times.
Watson was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last season and led Clemson to a national championship before getting selected No. 12 overall by Houston.
On the other hand, Watson is already 5-of-8 for 37 yards and one touchdown since entering the game in the second half.
It didn't take long before Watson made an impression under center with the rookie connecting with star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for his first career touchdown in the NFL. That's not all on Savage, considering his offensive line was very bad with left tackle Duane Brown holding out, but it was clear that it was time for Deshaun Watson to make his debut.
Watson played well in preseason, but ultimately, the Texans chose Savage for his experience.
Savage frequently failed to escape the pocket before it collapsed around him, resulting in two forced fumbles, with one being returned for a touchdown. They had more yards on Watson's first drive as a pro than Savage managed the whole first half.
Tommy Bohanon grabbed a 1-yard TD pass from Bortles after that to extend Jacksonville's lead to 26-7. The Texans lost LB Brian Cushing, WR Bruce Ellington and TEs C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin to concussions.