The NFL is still investigating the sexual misconduct allegations against Watson. And until the league concludes its investigation and makes a decision on Watson, the Texans are going to have to wait. Taylor, in the meantime, will run Houston’s offensive attack.
The veteran quarterback is the Texans’ starter until Watson returns, if he ever does. And though he’d love to keep his starting job, he’d also love to see Watson lead the Texans’ offense again one day. He called the former Clemson star his “friend” and “a part of this team” when discussing the situation with reporters on Tuesday.
“I’ve said from day one Deshaun is a part of this team,” Taylor said on Tuesday, via Aaron Reiss of The Athletic. “We’ll continue to handle business accordingly. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a teammate of mine.”
Tyrod Taylor: “I’ve said from day one Deshaun is a part of this team. We’ll continue to handle business accordingly. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a teammate of mine.”
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) August 31, 2021
Deshaun Watson did indeed make the Houston Texans’ final 53-man roster on Tuesday, which wasn’t much of a surprise. Houston reportedly plans to keep Watson off the field during gamedays, though. The Texans will mark him as a healthy scratch.
There have been rumblings surrounding a potential blockbuster trade involving Watson in past weeks. But teams will probably steer clear until the NFL concludes its investigation.
Tyrod Taylor, meanwhile, will be the Texans’ starting quarterback when they begin the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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