Dalton Struggles, Texans Bench Savage for Watson

Bill O'Brien

The Texans haven't named a quarterback for Thursday night's game against the Bengals, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has an idea about which direction Bill O'Brien will be going. Watson did receive the first-team reps in Tuesday's practice.

Refuting an earlier report, the Houston Texans themselves made their own statement Monday the situation at quarterback.

Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson will start Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals, pending an examination of his ankle.

Mississippi and Mississippi State have been playing the game since 1901, but the first National Football League version of the Egg Bowl will be Thursday night after the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans laid two giant ones in their season openers Sunday.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson passes the ball in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 10, 2017. "I'll think about it a long time tonight and try to continue to work on Cincinnati and see what the best approach is versus them".

On Tuesday, the Texans put starting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz on injured reserve to activate wide receiver Jaelen Strong from the reserve/suspension list. Savage's quarterback rating was 66.8 while Watson's was 60.4. He finished the contest 12-of-23 for 102 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the loss.

But after that, Bortles went 3-for-5 for 43 yards to allow Jason Myers to bang one in from 43 yards with 12:12 left in the 1st quarter.

Watson entered the game to a raucous crowd, and after leading the Texas to a touchdown on his first drive to cut the Jacksonville lead to 19-7, it looked like he might be the answer.

Savage, who started the Texans regular season opener, was sacked six times by the Jaguars defense.

Where the Texans go from here is a huge plot line to their young season.

"I can tell you that we're pretty close to making a decision as to who's going to play", O'Brien said.



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