It would be safe to assume Tom Savage isn’t happy that the Houston Texans decided to trade up in last April’s draft to select Deshaun Watson.

The choice made a loud and clear statement that Watson is the Texans’ long-term answer at quarterback, and Savage isn’t.

‘If you didn’t have a little chip on your shoulder, you don’t have a pulse’

But Savage is doing his best to keep his emotions in check and focus on doing all he can to remain valuable to the team.

“I mean, obviously, you get motivated,” he told Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn on the SiriusXM Blitz. “We’re all competitors here and if you didn’t have a little chip on your shoulder, you don’t have a pulse, really. And that’s kind of the mindset I had for it. But I also learned a valuable lesson early on my college career, high school career, and that’s you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. So you go out there and you compete and you work your tail off, and the cream will rise to the top, and that’s kind of the mindset that I have.”

‘No matter where you go, you’re going to have to compete’

Savage, who joined the Texans in 2014 as a fourth-round draft pick from Pittsburgh, said he is only concentrating on what he can control.

“No matter where you go, you’re going to have to compete,” he said. “I understand that this is a business and (General Manager) Rick (Smith) and (coach) Bill (O’Brien) and (team owner) Bob (McNair), they’ve got to put food on their families’ plates as well, so they’re going to do what’s best for this organization. And, really, it’s my job to go out there and compete and do whatever I can to help this team out.”

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