Texans Won't Announce Starting Quarterback Before Thursday

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

Houston is expected to roll the dice on rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson for the team's Thursday night matchup against the Bengals as long as he's deemed healthy enough, CBS Sports first reported Monday.

The 12 pick in the 2017 draft, Watson was 12 of 23 for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Unfortunately for Watson, it was a little too late to bring the Texans from behind to win this game against the visiting Jaguars.

Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 24 yards in his National Football League debut.

The Texans had initially planned to give Watson time to develop behind Savage, but Savage's play changed everything.

The move is not a surprise to the Cincinnati Bengals or their coach, Marvin Lewis, who said made it clear that the Bengals were preparing for Watson even before this announcement.

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"Obviously, you never want to be replaced", Savage said. The Jaguars then sacked Savage forcing a fumble that they recovered on their 47-yard line, allowing Leonard Fournette to score his first career touchdown on a one-yard run. And it's going to be fun to see how Watson's game translates to the NFL; Bears fans are probably wishing their team had a similarly short leash with a rookie waiting in the wings.

Watson entered the game to a raucous crowd, and after leading the Texas to a touchdown on his first drive to cut the Jacksonville lead to 19-7, it looked like he might be the answer. Houston gained a mere 24 yards total offense in the first half with Savage in command.

The Jaguars opened the scoring with a 42-yard field goal with 12:08 to go in the first quarter. He was also sacked six times.

"We make decisions in the best interest of the team", O'Brien said when asked about how the snaps were distributed in practice.

It sounds like Watson is good to go, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

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