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Texans G.M.: Deshaun Watson will have chance to compete

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Almost as soon as they traded next year’s first-round pick to move up to get Deshaun Watson, the Texans tried to make it clear that Tom Savage was entering camp as their starting quarterback.

Now, they’re leaving the door open for the rookie from Clemson to possibly win the starting job.

General Manager Rick Smith said during an interview on ESPN Radio that Watson will get his opportunity as well.

We want to provide a competitive environment across the board. So [Watson will] compete,” Smith said. “[But] like I said, we feel good about Tom and his abilities to manage the offense. But yeah, [Watson] will come in, and just like every other guy on the roster, he’ll have time to play.”

The Texans have tried to manage expectations with Watson, and emphasize how they’d rather give him time to learn than run the risk of ruining him by playing him too early.

“Our mentality is that we try to create the most competitive environment possible, at every position,” Smith said. “So there are some things that Deshaun has to come in and learn — all these rookies. They’ve got to come in, and there’s so much that they don’t know about pro football.

“So he is in the class with the rest of those men when they report next week. There’s a lot for him to learn that way.”

To his credit, Watson has said all the right things since being drafted. And perhaps after learning their lesson about trying to force things with Brock Osweiler a year ago, the Texans will be patient with Watson.

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24 Responses to “Texans G.M.: Deshaun Watson will have chance to compete”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: May 5, 2017 4:51 PM

    It’s news to say that a guy in which you invested two first-round draft picks is going to be given a chance to compete?

  2. Kapodaco says: May 5, 2017 4:55 PM

    I would hope so. They gave up two first-rounders for him. To have him not start eventually would look bad on the GM’s resumé.

  3. kayes says: May 5, 2017 5:15 PM

    If he cant beat out Savage, bust.

  4. badmoonrison says: May 5, 2017 5:32 PM

    Derek Carr started right off the bat and now hes a superstar. Led the Raiders to 12-5 in only his 3rd year and within the toughest division. Dude is gonna win a lombardi sooner rather than later. I say let rookies compete.

  5. firstdownbrowns says: May 5, 2017 5:41 PM

    1.Anatytics 101. wait for the Texans to call you.
    2. fleece them for everything you can get. for a back up at best QB
    3. and people laugh at the Browns !!!!!!!!!!
    4. ROTFLMAO

  6. ihavepriors says: May 5, 2017 5:41 PM

    Derek Carr started right off the bat and now hes a superstar. Led the Raiders to 12-5 in only his 3rd year and within the toughest division. Dude is gonna win a lombardi sooner rather than later. I say let rookies compete.
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    Sorry Dude, wrong board. By the by, Carr has a sub .500 career record, no playoff wins, no division titles. You may go now!

  7. ihavepriors says: May 5, 2017 5:44 PM

    The decision by Rick Smith re Brocky Boy Oz set your organization back for years. Why he still has a job is stunning. He has turned the Texans into a joke.

  8. badmoonrison says: May 5, 2017 5:59 PM

    ihavepriors says:
    May 5, 2017 5:41 PM
    Derek Carr started right off the bat and now hes a superstar. Led the Raiders to 12-5 in only his 3rd year and within the toughest division. Dude is gonna win a lombardi sooner rather than later. I say let rookies compete.
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    Sorry Dude, wrong board. By the by, Carr has a sub .500 career record, no playoff wins, no division titles. You may go now!
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    He doesnt have any playoff wins after a WHOLE 2 YEARS PLUS A FREAK INJURY LAST YEAR WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PERFORMANCE. Nice set of metrics you have there, Mr. NFL Guru. Thank God you don’t crunch numbers for the Vegas oddsmakers.

  9. pau49ers says: May 5, 2017 6:13 PM

    Sorry Dude, wrong board. By the by, Carr has a sub .500 career record, no playoff wins, no division titles. You may go now!
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    I’m not an Oakland fan, but this is the dumbest comment I’ve heard in a while. Carr went 3-13, 7-9, and then 12-3 in his first 3 years and he started out with one of the worst teams in the NFL. Rogers never even played a game in his first 3 years. No playoff wins??? He hasn’t played in a playoff game – he was injured this past year. Not many young qb’s pan out, never the less do what he’s done. He’s done better in his first 3 years than 90% of the qb’s that have been drafted in the first round – that includes Rogers, Aikman, Breese, and the list goes on and on. Oh yeah, and he was a 2nd round pick.

  10. damcmp says: May 5, 2017 6:18 PM

    ihavepriors says:
    May 5, 2017 5:44 PM

    The decision by Rick Smith re Brocky Boy Oz set your organization back for years. Why he still has a job is stunning. He has turned the Texans into a joke.

    HE IS THE GOD FATHER TO MCNAIRS GRANDSON… NO LONGER BUSINESS FAMILY!!!!!!

  11. badmoonrison says: May 5, 2017 6:25 PM

    pau49ers says:
    May 5, 2017 6:13 PM
    Sorry Dude, wrong board. By the by, Carr has a sub .500 career record, no playoff wins, no division titles. You may go now!
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    I’m not an Oakland fan, but this is the dumbest comment I’ve heard in a while. Carr went 3-13, 7-9, and then 12-3 in his first 3 years and he started out with one of the worst teams in the NFL. Rogers never even played a game in his first 3 years. No playoff wins??? He hasn’t played in a playoff game – he was injured this past year. Not many young qb’s pan out, never the less do what he’s done. He’s done better in his first 3 years than 90% of the qb’s that have been drafted in the first round – that includes Rogers, Aikman, Breese, and the list goes on and on. Oh yeah, and he was a 2nd round pick.
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    9er fans such as yourself have been known from time to time to be biased against the Raiders, and vice versa. Are you sure you are making an impartial judgement Mr. 1-15?

  12. v2787 says: May 5, 2017 6:27 PM

    Everyone on a team roster should have a legitimate chance to compete for a starting job. After all, the idea is to have your best players on the field, right? If your best player at any given position happens to be a rookie, so what? A smart coach will play the people who give the team the best chance to win. My guess is that Watson will prove to be better than Tom Savage–if not immediately, then later in the season. Watson has all the tools, and he’s a proven winner and leader. If he can pick up the offense quickly, there’s no reason why Watson can’t be the best QB on the team. And if he’s the best QB on the team, he should be starting.

  13. damcmp says: May 5, 2017 6:27 PM

    With the McNairs it all flash and splash… over pay for the franchise, Boselli, Carr, Buchanon, etc then blowing away 2013 to play QB Case Keenum from UofH then Clowney and O’Brien followed by Osweiler, now a spread option guy that will probably fail in Watson… yehaa bad owner indeed….

  14. charliecharger says: May 5, 2017 6:42 PM

    I don’t think the Texans can win with any of the QBs on their roster. So competing with Tom Savage isn’t the same as competing with Tom Brady. Most 3rd string NFL QBs could compete with Tom Savage, and a lot of them would win. How do these teams get themselves in these messes?

  15. abninf says: May 5, 2017 6:54 PM

    The Texans have never developed a true franchise quarterback. Not one.

  16. seahawkz4life says: May 5, 2017 6:58 PM

    Lol raiders fans used to be humble, aside from the fighting fans at every game. Wait did I contradict myself 😂

  17. illumination666 says: May 5, 2017 7:20 PM

    Would any team in the league actually trade up 13 spots and use two 1st rounders for a QB who’s not going to start.. Oh wait, the Chiefs actually did that.

  18. illumination666 says: May 5, 2017 7:23 PM

    Every team in the league has some troll fans, the Raiders aren’t alone. The real debate is which team has the worst trolls.. Dallas or NE.

  19. texansdude says: May 5, 2017 7:45 PM

    To you Raiders fans, and all this talk about Derek Carr: I wish the Texans had taken him. Period. He was shown by his brother all the things a quarterback is supposed to do, and especially, all the things NOT to do (like pretend it’s a 9 to 5 job). In that Mexico City game, he had his stuff together, and looked like a leader. Still, I hope you guys go 1-15 because I don’t like you.

    Now, I really hope the Texans are smart with Watson. Savage sure isn’t the answer, but I really hope he holds up long enough to give Watson time to learn and step in when ready.

  20. lordliftedme says: May 5, 2017 7:57 PM

    Is Mitch Tribisky going to start? I mean, he was the second pick in the draft, after all. That would look awfully bad on Chicago’s part when they traded so much to get him and he falls on his face like Jared Goff. What a shame. SMH!

  21. QB Film Room says: May 5, 2017 8:52 PM

    What does Compete even mean? Every play is competing rick! Come on.

  22. QB Film Room says: May 5, 2017 8:52 PM

    You guys do realize that Savage was like the top ranked QB in his HS class right?

  23. montrealraider says: May 5, 2017 10:00 PM

    I think we all get it buy now… High picks quaterbacks will start sooner then later unless they turn out to be plain terrible… Gofff/Hackenberg

  24. nflfan1951 says: May 6, 2017 1:13 AM

    Kyle Shanahan as a coordinator was in the top 5 total offense both years as an offensive coordinator. When he was hired Houston was 2-14 and ranked 28th in total offense. You now have a defense and no offense. Great game plan Texans!

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