|ADP:||Round: 4, Pick: 5|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||September 14, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (12)|
The Houston Police Department released a statement Friday regarding a report filed against Watson. "Today, a complainant filed a report with the Houston Police Department concerning Deshaun Watson. As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process."
Analysis: In recent weeks, 21 civil lawsuits have been filed against Watson, alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault. The NFL opened an investigation into the matter on March 18, at which time the Texans noted they "still stay in close contact with the league as they do" but "do not anticipate making any additional statements until" it concludes, per NFL.com. After Friday's complaint, Watson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, released a statement on behalf of Watson. According to Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, "We welcome this long overdue development. Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department." There appears to be no end in sight to Watson's situation as the legal system does its due diligence.
The league is investigating allegations made this this past week against Watson under the NFL's personal-conduct policy, NFL.com reports.
Analysis: In a statement released Thursday, the Texans noted that they will cooperate with the league's investigation. "The NFL informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson," the team stated. "We will stay in close contact with the league as they do. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL's investigation concludes." Per ESPN's Sarah Barshop, seven lawsuits have been filed against Watson, alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault.
Watson is willing to sit out the preseason and even miss regular-season games if the Texans don't agree to trade him, independent NFL journalist Dov Kleiman reports.
Analysis: Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Watson has already informed new Texans coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the team again, so announcing a willingness to skip games is simply the star signal-caller doubling-down on his position. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Houston still isn't taking trade inquiries for Watson, making it notable that the team could fine the 25-year-old over $3 million if he skips events such the offseason minicamp, plus preseason and regular-season games. Of course, if Watson is indeed as firmly entrenched in his desire to be traded as it seems, the Texans could ultimately be forced to relent and recoup losses rather than playing hardball. Watson's no-trade clause could complicate eventual negotiations, as any final deal would require his approval, but Houston should still be well positioned receive multiple first-round picks in return for the three-time Pro Bowler.
Watson met with David Culley last Friday and told the Texans' new coach he has no intention of playing for the team, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Watson reiterated his trade request, shutting the door on any notion that a new coach might convince him to stick around. No matter, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Texans are still avoiding trade conversations and insisting they won't deal their disgruntled QB. In the unlikely event of neither side budging, the Texans will be able to fine Watson for every practice and game he misses, as the young QB is under contract through 2025 after signing a four-year extension in September. The deal includes a no-trade clause, which means Watson will have some say in the process if the Texans eventually relent and consider trade offers.
Texans GM Nick Caserio said he has "zero interest" in trading Watson, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Watson requested a trade earlier in January, and a recent report from Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests the hiring of head coach David Culley isn't likely to change the quarterback's mind. It sounds like the Texans will continue their attempt to mend the relationship, hoping to convince Watson that things will be different under a new coaching staff and front office. The Watson/Texans saga will be the biggest story of the 2021 NFL offseason.
Watson requested a trade a few weeks ago, and he isn't expected to change his mind after the Texans hired David Culley as their new head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Watson is frustrated with the direction (or lack thereof) of the organization, so he's hoping to force a trade despite signing a four-year, $156 million extension in September. The Texans could try to play hardball and convince him to stay, but it seems more likely that they'll explore trade possibilities, as Watson appears set on leaving. Potential suitors include the Dolphins, Jets, Panthers, Broncos and 49ers.
There is a belief around the Texans organization that Watson has played his last snap with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: There has been a rift forming between Watson and Texans chairman Cal McNair, which intensified when McNair left Watson out of the hiring process that ultimately landed general manager Nick Caserio. Houston is yet to hire a head coach, but it appears Watson will want out regardless of who ultimately takes that job. The Texans would likely receive a robust trade package in return for Watson should the team opt to go that route, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the Dolphins are the most likely landing spot in such a scenario given the team's ample draft capital and Watson's admiration for coach Brian Flores.
Watson completed 28 of 39 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans. He also added 12 rushing yards on three carries.
Analysis: The fourth-year QB once again put together a heroic effort that ended up going for naught due to Houston's woeful defense. Watson finished his best-yet campaign with career highs in passing yards (4,823), passing TDs (33), completion rate (70.2 percent), and YPA (8.9) plus a career low in INTs (seven). He'll now wait to see who his new head coach and offensive coordinator will be in 2021, and whether the incoming brain trust will be able to assemble a better roster around him.
Interim head coach Romeo Crennel reiterated Friday that he plans to have Watson start the Texans' Week 17 game against the Titans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Yes, I expect him to play. I expect him to play and help us win," Crennel said of Watson. "If we're up by 50 at halftime, then maybe I'll take him out."
Analysis: Though Watson appeared to hurt his arm late in last week's loss to the Bengals, he wasn't listed on the Texans' Week 17 injury report, implying that the team is comfortable with where he stands on the health front. Aside from potentially playing spoiler to a playoff-hopeful divisional rival in the season finale, the 4-11 Texans wouldn't seem to have much on the line, but that apparently won't result in Watson being rested at any point if the game remains reasonably competitive. With that in mind, Watson should rank as one of the stronger fantasy plays of the Week 17 slate, especially with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger and Jared Goff (thumb) already confirmed to be sitting out their team's respective finales.
Watson (arm) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: Watson spent time on the ground in pain after taking a sack late during last weekend's loss to the Bengals, but it appears as though he's avoided any sort of noteworthy injury. The 25-year-old signal-caller appears fully on track for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Titans.
Houston interim head coach Romeo Crennel said Watson (arm) will play Week 17 against Tennessee if he's healthy, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Watson uttered a similar sentiment following last Sunday's game, after he was sacked and hit the ground with his right arm in pain. And now the head coach confirms Watson will play if there are no setbacks over the week.
Watson (arm) said he expects to play Week 17 against the Titans, Jordan Cohn of 97.1 FM The Ticket reports.
Analysis: Watson injured his arm/elbow on a strip-sack late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but he came back out on the field for Houston's final two snaps in the closing seconds. While the quarterback said he'll be fine for Week 17, interim coach Romeo Crennel sounded more cautious, noting that the team's medical staff will need to evaluate Watson before any decisions are made. AJ McCarron has been Houston's backup QB all season, so he'd likely get the nod for Week 17 if Watson ends up being ruled out. The Texans also have Josh McCown on their roster, but he's been a healthy scratch ever since signing with the team in early November.
Watson completed 24 of 33 passes for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Texans' 37-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 38 yards and committed two fumbles, losing one on a play where he appeared to suffer an arm injury that he'll have further evaluated, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Dropping back to throw on a play that started at his own 40-yard line with 1:35 remaining and the Texans down by three, Watson was hit by Sam Hubbard while his arm was still cocked back to throw, leading to a fumble and what appeared to be a potentially serious injury for the Pro Bowl quarterback. However, after the Bengals tacked on a field goal, Watson was able to come back into the contest for Houston's final series, completing passes to Brandin Cooks and Chad Hansen on the final two plays from scrimmage. Therefore, Wilson separately reports coach Romeo Crennel relayed doctors didn't think Watson had any "major issue", but the team will naturally perform its due diligence on its most important player. Assuming all checks out well, Watson is likely to be back under center for the Texans' regular-season finale against the Titans in Week 17.
Watson completed 33 of 41 pass attempts for 373 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 15 against the Colts. He added 25 yards as a rusher.
Analysis: The Texans were able to get very little going on the ground, leaving nearly the entire offensive burden on Watson's shoulders. He delivered nonetheless, finding Chad Hansen and Keke Coutee for touchdowns of 38 and nine yards respectively. Even lacking his top receiver for the last three games, Watson has topped 300 yards twice. He faces an exploitable Bengals' defense in Week 16 and should in line for another big effort.
Watson left Sunday's game for one play after taking a hit on the elbow during a 36-7 loss to the Bears, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Houston interim head coach Romeo Crennel colloquially referred to the injury as Watson's "funny bone," and the quarterback worked it around to get the feeling back before returning for the team's next offensive series. Following the game, Watson said he was not injured and was determined to the finish the game. He also dismissed suggestions that he should rest for the remainder of the season since Houston is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
Watson completed 21 of 30 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Texans' 36-7 loss to the Bears on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 38 yards.
Analysis: With the Pro Bowl quarterback down another weapon in Brandin Cooks (neck/foot), he found offensive continuity particularly difficult to come by against a Bears defense that was able to hone in on a narrower pool of potential targets. Watson didn't connect with any pass catcher for more than Chad Hansen's 56 yards, and the fact running back Duke Johnson had the second-most receiving yards (53) for Houston on the afternoon was a testament on how effective Chicago was in forcing short passes throughout the afternoon. Watson also took six sacks and was hit 11 times overall, even exiting the game for a play late in the third quarter after being takend down to the ground hard by Roquan Smith. The Clemson product would return to start the next drive just over a minute later, however, and finished the contest without further issues. Watson and his teammates will look to bounce back in a Week 15 road matchup against the division-rival Colts.
Watson completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 341 yards and one interception while carrying seven times for 38 yards along with a touchdown during Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: While Watson threw his first interception in seven games and took a sack for a safety, his largest error came when he fumbled the snap deep in Colts territory in the final moments with a chance to win the game. He was quite adept as a passer, completing 68 percent of his passes en route to his third-best yardage output of the season, but he finished without a touchdown pass for the first time on the campaign. Watson piled up yardage without the suspended Will Fuller and should be able to do so again next Sunday despite another tough matchup against the Bears.
Watson completed 17 of 25 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Thursday's 41-25 win over the Lions.
Analysis: He also added 24 rushing yards on eight carries, and tossed a two-point conversion to Keke Coutee. Watson benefitted from some good field position thanks to turnovers and had plenty of time in the pocket, allowing him to take apart a battered Detroit secondary. Watson thrown multiple TDs in eight of his last nine starts and gone over 300 passing yards in six of his last eight, but the Texans' schedule gets a lot tougher starting in Week 13 with a home tilt against the Colts.
Watson completed 28 of 37 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-20 win over New England. He added 36 yards and a touchdown on six rushing attempts.
Analysis: Watson threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the first quarter, then barreled over a pair of Patriots defenders for a four-yard touchdown run to give his team a 14-10 lead in the second. He had a would-be highlight reel touchdown to Brandin Cooks wiped out by an ineligible man downfield but connected with Keke Coutee for a six-yard touchdown four plays later to take a 21-10 lead into the locker room. Watson failed to find the end zone in the second half but continued to rack up yardage, topping 300 yards for the fifth time in his last seven games. The star quarterback will look to keep rolling against the Lions on Thanksgiving.
Watson completed 20 of 30 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 10-7 loss to Cleveland. He added eight carries for 36 yards.
Analysis: There was a half-hour weather delay prior to kickoff, and Watson never really got going once the teams took the field on a windy, rainy afternoon in Cleveland. He failed to lead Houston to any points through three quarters, coming up short on a 4th-and-goal quarterback draw early in the second quarter on the pivotal play in that stretch. Watson finally got his team on the board with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown to cap a 90-yard drive with under five minutes remaining, but Cleveland ran out the clock after that point. The dual-threat quarterback finished 90 passing yards short of his previous season low and tied his season low in touchdowns, but he should benefit from less challenging elements at home against the Patriots in Week 11.
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