HOUSTON — The Texans opened the 2021 NFL period with a 37-21 get more than the Jaguars on Sunday, providing Houston the lone AFC South victory of Week 1. David Culley and Co. notably prevailed without the need of their optimum-paid player, a recreation-day absence the staff will have to get utilised to.
The expectation through the facility at NRG Stadium — from the prime ranges on down — is Deshaun Watson will in no way consider a different snap for the Texans. The fifth-year pro is even now demanding a trade dating again to January, and is struggling with 22 civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. There are ongoing investigations by the FBI, Houston Police and NFL. Watson has denied any wrongdoing.
With no resolution pertaining to any of the over, the Texans and Watson have taken a working day-by-day solution to his circumstance. Watson hasn’t missed a working day of perform since the start out of coaching camp. He still retains a spot on Houston’s 53-guy roster and is at present shown as the third-string quarterback on the team’s depth chart. He is not exiled, but rather has been at the facility interacting with his teammates. Typical supervisor Nick Caserio publicly said not too long ago that he has talked with Watson, and the quarterback has not been a distraction.
“I’ve had various discussions with Deshaun in teaching camp,” Caserio explained to reporters. “Like I reported, his mindset has been excellent, he hasn’t been a challenge, he hasn’t been a disruption. So, we are going to take it just one day at a time.”
Teammates I spoke with in the guide-up to Houston’s time opener have said the very same of how Watson has taken care of the scenario. Virtually a dozen players, some emphatically, have said to me that Watson is not a distraction. The circumstance isn’t uncomfortable powering shut doorways, I’m informed. Veteran basic safety Justin Reid told me previous week it is “come to be the new ordinary” inside the creating. Watson will come in, receives his exercise routines in, attends conferences and functions with commencing quarterback Tyrod Taylor (who led the way in Houston’s acquire in excess of Jacksonville, with 291 yards and two touchdowns as a result of the air, as nicely as 40 yards on the floor). There is the considered that Watson, one of the major quarterbacks in the NFL, sees items in defenses and in movie sessions most will not. He presents an further set of eyes in meetings.
Final week, Watson was not found through the portions of apply that ended up open up to the media the group detailed him as a Did Not Participate, with a non-damage designation, each day. On Friday, the Texans ruled Watson out versus the Jaguars, listing him with a non-injuries designation. This could be the typical working procedure in the course of the time, except if Watson is moved before the Nov. 2 trade deadline, a risk NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport described on Sunday morning. The quarterback was not observed for the duration of the Texans’ property preseason game and did not vacation with the group to its two street preseason games. Watson was not present Sunday at NRG Stadium in the course of Houston’s win in excess of Jacksonville. So, with the 2021 period now formally underway, nothing has changed — and very little will probably alter for at minimum several months.
For now, Watson is a member of the Texans, and he is not their beginning quarterback. That work has been Taylor’s due to the fact the begin of training camp. As it was recently place to me by Reid, “We get the concern each individual day. I do not imagine the reply is truly ever going to improve a lot.”