Well, that didn’t take long. The Houston Texans have reportedly named rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson as the team’s starter under center after just one week of the 2017-18 regular season, according to Ian Rapoport and James Palmer of NFL Network.
As a result, the first-year quarterback will now be getting the start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday evening.
Watson replaced Tom Savage as the Texans signal caller at the beginning of the second half during Houston’s Week 1 loss at the hands of the rival Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
“The decision to go with Deshaun had more to do with could we find a spark, could we find somebody that could maybe make a play, that could escape the pocket, things like that,” said Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters after the game. “I thought that Tom really hung in there and played very tough. We had a hard time protecting him so I just made the decision to go with Deshaun.”
Watson completed 12 of his 23 passing attempts en route to throwing for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception while posting a passer rating of 60.4. He also carried the football twice for 16 yards. Savage went 7-of-13 for 62 yards before being relegated to bench duty.
However, it is also worth noting that Watson is currently dealing with a minor ankle sprain that he suffered during the defeat against the Jaguars. Even so, such a setback should not prevent him from making the start on Thursday.
Houston did not score a point with Savage as its starter in the first half against Jacksonville, heading into the locker room trailing 19-0. The Texans then managed just seven points in the second half with Watson tossing a touchdown pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.