Deshaun Watson debuts at No. 2 on depth chart

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Even though the Texans traded up to get former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, the initial thought was that 2017 would be a redshirt year, unless both Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden are injured or completely ineffective. While Watson has yet to topple both of the guys who were believed to be in front of him, he has picked off one of them.

The initial depth chart issued by the Texans shows that Watson is the No. 2 quarterback, behind Savage and in front of Weeden. Although every depth chart is subject to change (and given that coaches routinely will downplay the significance of them), Watson is unofficially the official backup to Savage. Which means that, if Savage gets injured (again) or struggles at all, Watson is on deck to make his debut.

Of course, no amount of praise from his current coach or his college coach will justify making the jump to No. 1 if the locker room isn’t behind it. And with receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is in a contract year, putting his eggs in the Savage basket, the veteran will need to lose the job before Watson can finish earning it.

Another high-profile Texans rookie has yet to do much depth-chart climbing. Third-round running back D'Onta Foreman, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last year for the Texas Longhorns, has landed in the cluster of “other” at tailback, behind Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue, and Tyler Ervin.

10 responses to “Deshaun Watson debuts at No. 2 on depth chart

  1. Tom Savage shouldn’t be starting for anyone. They should go with Watson form the first game. Waiting out a 2-2 or 1-3 start would be a mistake while the Titans are going full strength with Mariota.

  2. Don’t care who the starting QB is as long as they can competently move the offense down the field and SCORE in the red zone. Texans were 31st in red zone touchdown percentage last year. Field goals alone aren’t gonna cut it.

  3. pastabelly says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:02 am
    Tom Savage shouldn’t be starting for anyone. They should go with Watson form the first game. Waiting out a 2-2 or 1-3 start would be a mistake while the Titans are going full strength with Mariota.

    And Brandon Weeden shouldn’t be a #2 for anyone.

  4. For the last couple years, Houston has been a real good team that was only a QB away from being a contender for the championship. Their roster is that good. A lot of rookie QBs get drafted by the absolute worst teams, and they really have it tough. I can’t think of a recent situation that is as good as the situation in Houston for a young QB to succeed right away. If Watson is what some are saying he is, Houston could be a super bowl contender this year. Usually you want to wait three years to evaluate a young QB, but Houston is ready to win right now. That’s why they were considered a perfect fit for Tony Romo. They’re just a QB away. It might be a tough situation for O’Brien, but this is why you get into coaching. I’ll tell you one thing, it’s not going to be boring.

  5. It’s got be a process. Watson is the future no doubt. It’s the NFL though he has to be able to make decisions much faster and in a more complicated system. He will get there he’s a winner.

  6. I hate this mindset. DeShaun Watson right now is clearly far superior to Savage, and light years ahead of Weeden.

    How is it worse to go 5-11 with Watson this year than 5-11 with one of the other two and him holding a clipboard? He’ll gain much more experience going through the highs and lows of playing than he would sitting.

  7. kevinlawrencecantor says:
    August 5, 2017 at 11:21 am
    I hate this mindset. DeShaun Watson right now is clearly far superior to Savage, and light years ahead of Weeden.
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    Watson isn’t clearly superior to anyone in the NFL. He hasn’t played. Savage has experience and has shown decent skills, just got sidelined by injuries. Watson may step-in early, late or never this season but Savage has earned the opportunity to start.

  8. As soon as Savage throws an INT or Fumbles, the boo birds will come out. They’ll put in Watson without Brown at left tackle, and it’ll David Carr all over again.

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