Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Texans QB Deshaun Watson (ACL) and DE J.J. Watt (tibial plateau fracture) are progressing so well that, at this point, that neither are expected open training camp on the PUP list.
This is, obviously, great news for the Texans, as they should both be ready to play for Week 1 and have full training camps.
Watson, 22, was taken in the first-round of this year’s NFL draft by the Texans. He signed a four-year, $13.854 million with the Texans and stands to make a base salary of $1,094,740 for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Watson appeared in seven games for the Texans and thrown for 1,699 yards while completing 61.8 percent of his passes to go along with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed for 269 yards on two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 30 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.
Watt, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2011. He’s currently in the fourth year of his eight-year, $108.88 million contract that includes $51.8 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $11 million and $13 million over the next two years of the deal.
In 2017, Watt appeared in five games and recorded 15 tackles, no sacks and two pass defenses for the Texans. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 interior defensive lineman out of 124 qualifying players at the time he was placed on injured reserve.