Ian Rapoport and James Palmer are reporting that the Texans are, in fact, starting rookie QB Deshaun Watson for their Week 2’s game against the Bengals, even though HC Bill O’Brien declined to name a starter after Tuesday’s practice.
Adam Schefter reports that the Texans have rookie QB Deshaun Watson taking reps with the first-string offense during Tuesday’s walk-through practice.
- Rapoport adds that the Texans are still evaluating the situation, but it would be tough for them to go back to Tom Savage after a poor first half that led to him being benched in favor of Watson.
- One issue that could complicate matters for the Texans is that Watson was reportedly spotted limping with an ankle injury and they’re on a short week, per Rapoport.
It’s clear that Watson is the future of the franchise after the Texans traded up to get him in the first round of this year’s draft and it can’t hurt to see what he can do with an extended look, even if there are some ups and downs along the way.
One real issue for the Texans is their offensive line play, but going with Watson at least gives them a more mobile quarterback that can help deal with breakdowns in pass protection.
This season, Watson has thrown for 102 while completing 52.2 percent of his passes to go along with one touchdown and one interception. He has also rushed for 16 yards. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 27 quarterback out of 27 qualifying players.