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2021 Houston Texans Training Camp: Deshaun Watson Returns To Practice

This time in pads.

NFL: International Series-Houston Texans Practice Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody cares about Nico Collins burning John Reid, or Isaiah Coulter being on the roster bubble, or Alex Erickson getting first team reps, or Tytus Howard playing left guard, or Jordan Akins out running Christian Kirksey, or how good Kahale Warring looks in shorts. No. The only thing anyone and everyone cares about is Deshaun Watson.

Last week, Watson showed up to Texans practice. He got limited reps as the fourth string quarterback, relegated to scout team safety, something he probably hasn’t had to do since he was 14 years old. The day before pads came on, Watson was at the training table getting his foot and ankle looked at. Then he disappeared. Vanished. He skipped out on practices where football morphs from a contact to a collision sport.

That changed once again today. Watson was back at practice. He was seen conversing with Nick Caserio, tossing passes, autographing footballs, and tossing them to fans.

He lasted only five periods before heading to the locker room and calling it quits.

With the season a month away and teams still calling on Watson, the Texans are correct in remaining strong against trading him. All reports state the Texans won’t take a bargain offer, that they would only move him if an actual offer that is representative of his value is made—there really isn’t one. Until then, Watson is stuck in Houston.

Caserio shouldn’t trade Watson until next offseason, when he knows what the picks acquired would be worth. In a rebuild, draft capital is the only resource that matters. Getting midround picks instead of a top five pick isn’t something that is worth the risk. As we know, we are at least a year, if not years away, from a possible Watson NFL suspension.

The question isn’t whether Watson will be traded, but if he will play for the Texans at all this season. There door seems cracked with what has recently occurred. Houston football staple John McClain has said otherwise.

In this situation, we don’t know much. We know Watson is still a Texan. He’s at practice. Teams are making calls. He hasn’t rescinded his trade request. With a month left until the season kicks off, there’s a lot that can, and most certainly will, happen.