Texans QB Deshaun Watson will start Thursday night's game against the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and James Palmer. Watson's rushing ability could eventually make him spot-start option, but we can't recommend him on the road on a short week against a solid Cincinnati defense. Watson does look like good news for WR DeAndre Hopkins, who was targeted on 11 of the rookie's 23 attempts in Week 1.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien did not name a starting QB for Thursday night's game against the Bengals after Tuesday's practice. He told the media that he's "still evaluating a lot of things," according to NFL Network's James Palmer, and that it might be a game-time decision between Deshaun Watson and Tom Savage. We're still expecting it to be Watson, but neither guy is a Week 2 fantasy option.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson sprained his right ankle after the interception he threw in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Houston listed him as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury ahead of Thursday night's visit to Cincinnati. Whether Watson starts will reportedly depend on how much the ankle allows him to do.
Texans QB Tom Savage was benched at halftime of Sunday's opener against the Jaguars. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 62 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs in the first 30 minutes -- and had a sack-fumble returned for a TD. Houston was trailing 19-0. Rookie QB Deshaun Watson has entered the game and can lay claim to the starting job with a solid 2nd-half showing.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien reiterated on Tuesday that Tom Savage is his team's starting QB. That's been the company line all offseason. Savage has been solid through 2 preseason games, completing 85% of his passes, averaging 8.4 yards per attempt and tossing 1 TD with 0 INTs. Deshaun Watson has connected on just 51.4% of his passes with 0 TDs. But he's run for 34 yards and 2 scores. We'll buy Savage as Houston's early-season starter but still expect the rookie to make more starts this year.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 15 of 25 pass attempts (60%) for 179 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs in his preseason debut against the Panthers on Wednesday night. The rookie also flashed his rushing ability, namely with a 15-yard TD scamper in the 3rd quarter. He finished with 24 yards on 3 carries. "He's a smart player," HC Bill O'Brien said afterward. "He's an instinctive player. First game out there, I thought he did some good things. It's a big jump from college to the NFL. I thought he handled it pretty well." QB Tom Savage got the start on Wednesday night and completed 9 of 11 passes for 69 yards. He remains atop the depth chart for now, but it's only a matter of time before Watson gets the keys to the offense. He's worth a look late in best-ball and 2-QB drafts.
Tom Savage is "clearly #1" in the Texans' QB derby, according to John McClain. Rookie QB DeShaun Watson has reportedly impressed, but Savage has been "terrific" so far, McClain writes. "Makes every throw, respected by teammates, knows this offense." We'll buy the veteran as Houston's Week 1 starter, but our money is still on the rookie making more starts this season. Neither guy is worth rostering outside of 2-QB leagues.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, there won't be a true competition for the Texans' starting QB spot this summer. The job will reportedly belong to Tom Savage until/unless he gets hurt or proves that he doesn't deserve it. That falls in line with what the team has said since drafting QB Deshaun Watson. Of course, there's always the chance that Watson simply outperforms expectations, picks up the offense quicker than anticipated and leaves no doubt that he's the team's best option under center. We'll see how things shake out come training camp. In the meantime, neither Watson nor Savage looks particularly attractive as a redraft fantasy football option for 2017.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien threw cold water on the notion that QB Deshaun Watson would start Week 1. "As a rookie quarterback it's a big jump," O'Brien said. “Tom [Savage] is our starter and Deshaun will come in and he's going to work hard and we're going to teach him and feed him a lot of information. And he'll work at it.” GM Rick Smith added: "I don't know if people believe us but we're comfortable with Tom Savage as our quarterback.” Ultimately, we think Watson could push for the starting gig with a strong summer. While he’s transitioning from a spread offense, the Clemson product enters the NFL with 35 college starts.
The Texans made a move up from #25 to #12 to grab Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. Watson led his Tigers to 28 wins over the past 2 seasons, including a National Championship this past year. He was especially impressive in big games, racking up 825 yards and 7 scores through the air — plus another 116 and a TD on the ground — in the past 2 title games. Watson finished his college career with a strong 67.4% completion rate and 90 TDs. He added 1,934 rushing yards and 26 scores. The concerns: he tossed 30 INTs over the past 2 years, showing questionable decision-making and inconsistent accuracy. There are arm-strength worries after he was clocked with a ball speed of 49 mph at the Combine. (55+ is considered ideal.) And he has a significant adjustment to make coming from Clemson’s spread offense. Still, the most experienced QB in this class has an excellent shot to win the Week 1 starting job. His “competition” will be Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden. Watson will also be working with a young trio of WRs in DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. This is a nice landing spot.
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