Once again, the Texans had Watson back at safety for Thursday’s practice. This seems very odd, but it’s actually been the coaching staff’s strategy all week.
Earlier this week, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson said that Watson was spotted on the scout team defense for the Texans.
“Deshaun Watson has also stood as a deep safety, not in an active capacity, to give offense a look in alignment work,” Wilson reported on Wednesday. “Basically, a scout team type of deal. Most important thing about activity level is he’s not being exposed to potential injury while he seeks a trade.”
Deshaun Watson is back at safety
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) July 29, 2021
There are plenty of theories why the Texans don’t want Watson playing quarterback right now.
For starters, Houston could be waiting for Watson’s legal situation to play out. He’s currently facing sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women.
Another reason the Texans may want to keep Watson away from the field is because he wants out. An injury would certainly affect his trade value, and it’s not like general manager Nick Caserio is oblivious to Watson’s demands.
“I’m not gonna comment on what’s been communicated,” Caserio said. Of course, what has been communicated to everyone is that Watson wants out.
We all just need to wait and see how this standoff between Watson and the Texans will end.