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Deshaun Watson: I’ll be ready when Texans need me

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The Texans traded up to take quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first round of this year’s draft, but their strong desire to add Watson to the roster wasn’t followed by a quick move to put Watson in their lineup.

The word from Houston immediately after the draft was that Tom Savage would be the No. 1 quarterback and a few allusions to a competition before the regular season did little to change that as coach Bill O’Brien put the team through its paces during the offseason program. Watson said this week that he’s both on board with that plan and confident that he’ll be prepared to go when the time comes for a change.

“Honestly, whenever [O’Brien] and the coaches feel like I’m ready to go [I’ll be ready],” Watson said to Alex Flanagan of NFL Media. “The team feels like they can operate with me behind the wheel and being the quarterback. It’s gonna take time, it’s gonna be a process, really no rush. Just kinda taking it one day at a time, and whenever that time comes, I’ll be ready.”

O’Brien described Watson as “wise beyond his years” after running a “pretty sophisticated” Clemson offense while he was in college, which would seem to bode well for the rookie’s chances of seeing the field this year. Savage’s play will have a lot to do with whether that happens, of course, but more of the same from Watson this summer could certainly alter the timeline in Houston.

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13 Responses to “Deshaun Watson: I’ll be ready when Texans need me”
  1. bluenose1965 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:05 PM

    As long as Savage plays in week one and justifies my purchase of his jersey. 🙂

  2. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Jul 12, 2017 1:17 PM

    Browns passed on Dak 2.0

  3. firstdownbrowns says: Jul 12, 2017 1:24 PM

    Mr. Wonderlic has bust written all over him. the Browns thank you for there 1st round pick next yr.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 12, 2017 1:29 PM

    I’m not a Clemson fan, but I love everything I know about who Deshaun Watson is on and off the field. MAJOR potential. But … just … why O why did he have to land in OUR division?!?

    – Titans Fan

  5. NFLexpert says: Jul 12, 2017 1:30 PM

    Not Dak 2.0, but Duh 2.0…

  6. baldbuc says: Jul 12, 2017 1:43 PM

    Are you ready now?

  7. butlers91 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:48 PM

    firstdownbrowns says:
    Jul 12, 2017 1:24 PM
    Mr. Wonderlic has bust written all over him. the Browns thank you for there 1st round pick next yr.

    A little grammar help for Mr. Wonderlic from Cleveland:

    wrong: …thank you for there…
    right: …thank you for their…

  8. Cleanosaur says: Jul 12, 2017 2:22 PM

    Hell be better than Cam Newton. Like he can throw a pass to a person.

  9. txndave says: Jul 12, 2017 2:53 PM

    Grammar police out and about I see….

  10. firstdownbrowns says: Jul 12, 2017 3:04 PM

    thanks for all your help Butlers91. Guess what ? Watson is still a stiff..

  11. texansfan82 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:28 PM

    I’m excited to see what he can do. I think he’ll end up being a great addition, and easily the best QB we have had under centre since Matt Schaub’s prime years.

  12. katyhockeymom says: Jul 13, 2017 12:13 AM

    The Texans have been a good quarterback away from postseason success for a few years now, and we’ve had so many busts and disappointments at the position. Fans are very excited to see what can happen now that the last piece of the puzzle is in place. It would not be wise to put Watson in before he’s ready, but I really hope he’s ready now. Savage is a great guy and a solid backup but he’s not a superstar, and Watson definitely has that potential. Looking forward to the preseason and seeing how things shake out.

  13. jdzamacona says: Jul 13, 2017 10:48 AM

    Leave it to O’Brian to ruin another prospec.7 quarterbackso in 3 years speaks volumes to his incompetence.

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