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Trade talks between the Texans and Dolphins for QB Deshaun Watson are "heating up," according to insider Aaron Wilson. The 2 sides are hoping to get a deal done before the November 2 trade deadline. Watson will waive his no-trade clause for a move to Miami, which has been his preferred destination all along. Houston, meanwhile, is looking for three 1st-round picks and two 2nd-round picks or players, per Wilson. We'll see where this goes -- and then when Watson is cleared to play amid all his legal issues. We'd still only stash Watson on fantasy rosters at this point if you have a roster spot to play with.

The Texans are prepared to make QB Deshaun Watson a healthy scratch all season, insider Aaron Wilson reports. Watson isn't going to play for Houston -- and no trade is "imminent," per Wilson. This was always a distinct possibility, between Watson's issues with the Texans organization and his legal troubles. QB Tyrod Taylor will open the season as Houston's starter.

Yahoo's Charles Robinson believes QB Deshaun Watson might be eligible to play the entire 2021 season. It's a complicated situation between the criminal investigation and NFL. But basically, the league is unlikely to suspend Watson or place him on the Commissioner's Exempt List until a grand jury decides whether to indict him. "The NFL knows multiple bodies are conducting criminal investigations and that is what is ultimately keeping the league from requesting Watson to sit down to be questioned in the NFL’s probe," Robinson writes. "Simply put, the longer Watson’s criminal investigations linger without a conclusion, the longer he will be able to stay on a football field. Possibly for the entirety of 2021." Of course, Watson still needs to find a team willing to play him. He remains just an end-of-draft flier.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson returned to practice Monday morning. He had opened camp working out with the team but then sat out the next 5 days with what the team reported was a foot injury. This comes a few days after FOX's Jay Glazer reported that Houston isn't returning calls from potential trade partners. That paired with Watson's return to the field just might indicate that no deal is imminent. Of course, there are a lot of unknowns in play here, and the Texans aren't giving anything away. Watson remains a risk/reward pick in the later rounds of all draft formats for now.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson was held out of Tuesday's practice with a foot injury. It "isn't regarded as major," according to insider Aaron Wilson. We'll keep an eye on this, but it sounds like the foot is the least of the worries for Watson, who is still facing sexual assault charges and also wants out of Houston.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson will report for the start of training camp on Sunday, according to ESPN's Sarah Barshop. ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Watson is only showing up to avoid the daily $50,000 fine for missing camp. Watson, of course, has had issues with Houston management and requested a trade earlier this offseason. "Sense around league is Texans have moved on from Watson in their football plans, unless Watson’s arrival to camp somehow changes the dynamic," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler tweeted on Sunday. We'll see where that goes -- along with Watson's legal situation and standing with the NFL after the sexual assault allegations. He remains just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

"There are people in league circles who believe [Texans QB] Deshaun Watson will not play this season," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Watson, of course, faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault. Houston police and the NFL are both looking into the matter. The Texans spent their 1st pick of the draft (67th overall) on Stanford QB Davis Mills, another sign that Watson's future with the team is up in the air. We'll continue to stay on top of this situation, but Watson is a high-risk pick in early fantasy drafts. His FFPC ADP has sunk to Round 11.

The Texans selected Stanford QB Davis Mills with the 67th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. A 2-year college starter, Mills posted a 65.8% completion rate, 8.0 yards per attempt and 18 TDs vs. 8 INTs. He was the #1 QB in the 2017 recruiting class (ahead of Tua Tagovailoa), so there's obviously ability here. But Mills is largely unproven. He's also suffered multiple left knee injuries, which teams were reportedly concerned about. Houston's QB situation, of course, is up in the air with Deshaun Watson's legal troubles. Mills joins Tyrod Taylor as QB depth for the Texans.

A complaint against Texans QB Deshaun Watson has officially been filed with the Houston Police Department. Prior to this, all the sexual assault claims against Watson were of the civil variety. It's unclear exactly what this means for Watson's standing with the league. The NFL can place him on the commissioner's exempt list and/or suspend Watson even without a guilty charge. Watson is obviously a risk/reward pick in current best-ball drafts.

A sexual assault lawsuit has been filed against Texans QB Deshaun Watson. The complaint alleges that Watson "went too far" during a massage. “I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect," Watson posted to Twitter on Tuesday night. "The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.” We'll see where this goes. Watson, of course, continues to be the subject of trade rumors, with the Panthers reportedly hottest on his tail.

QB Tyrod Taylor has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Texans, according to NFL Network. The contract will pay him $6 million, with a top value of $12.5 million through incentives. Tom Pelissero calls it "similar" to what Cam Newton and Jameis Winston have gotten recently. That range in value says Taylor could wind up as anything from Houston's backup to the fill-in should Deshaun Watson get traded. We'll see where the situation goes from here.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Texans QB Deshaun Watson has "officially" requested a trade. "He actually did it weeks ago," Schefter asserts, adding that new HC David Culley "will not alter Watson's thinking." The QB's no-trade clause complicates the process, but Houston should find no shortage of suitors for the 25-year-old stud. We'll see where this goes ... and who succeeds Watson at the helm of the Texans offense.

According to multiple reports, the Texans will be hiring David Culley as their new HC. Culley has been coaching in the NFL since 1994, spending the past 2 seasons as the passing-game coordinator, WRs coach and assistant HC in Baltimore. Before that, he spent 2 years as Buffalo's QBs coach, 18 years working under Andy Reid -- 14 as WRs coach in Philly and then 4 more as WRs coach and assistant HC in K.C. -- 3 years as WRs coach in Pittsburgh and 2 years coaching WRs for Tampa Bay. Culley has yet to be a full-on OC at any stop and has coached across multiple regimes, so it might be tough to nail down his scheme. The most important fantasy issue, though, will be whether he can win over Houston QB Deshaun Watson. We'll be watching this situation over the next couple of months.

Update: Culley will retain OC Tim Kelly, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Kelly has spent the past 2 seasons in that role.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson injured his right arm in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Bengals. His arm was hit and bent awkwardly just as he was attempting a throw. We'll update Watson's status when we know more. QB A.J. McCarron is Houston's backup.

Update: Watson was able to return for Houston's final possession.

The forecast for today's Texans-Browns game calls for sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. We saw similar conditions for the Raiders-Browns game a couple of weeks ago. That one ended up producing just 22 points and 333 total passing yards. We've downgraded our passing projections for both teams in this one and would stay away from both kickers.

The Texans are closing their facility on Thursday after a positive COVID test. We'll see who tested positive -- and then if any close contacts also need to quarantine. Sunday's Texans-Jaguars game remains on track to be played for now.

The Texans have fired HC/GM Bill O'Brien, according to multiple reports. Romeo Crennel will serve as the interim coach, while OC Tim Kelly should reclaim play-calling duties. We'll see if this changes anything for the offense going forward, but shedding O'Brien doesn't seem like it can hurt QB Deshaun Watson and crew.

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