By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
It was only a matter of time before Deshaun Watson took over the Houston Texans quarterback reins. Watson has replaced Tom Savage against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the season-opener.
Savage has struggled in the game. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien decided that the change was needed now, not later in the season.
Prior to Watson came in, the team had zero points. In addition, they had less than 50 offensive yards.
There’s a very good likelihood that Watson will be the quarterback for the rest of the season, barring an injury. He was the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Watson, who started the second half, went 12 of 23 for a 102 yards. He also had a touchdown and an interception in the team’s 29-7 loss to the Jaguars.
His first possession near ended in the end zone, as he was nearly picked off that was negated by a Jaguars penalty. On the next play, he hit DeAndre Hopkins for a four-yard touchdown.
While Watson got the offensive started, he also struggled, as the Jaguars consistently rushed him.
This is the second-time that O’Brien made a second-half switch. In a 2015 game against the Atlanta Falcons, with the Texans trailing 42-0, in the third quarter in Week 4, he replaced Ryan Mallett with Brian Hoyer.
Last year, he also replaced Brock Osweiler with Savage in Week 15 last season. Savage would then lead the Texans to a comeback in the game.
“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,” O’Brien said. “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.”
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