Texans Notebook: J.J.Watt Update and Rick Smith on the Jay Cutler Situation

Texans Notebook: Update on J.J. Watt and Rick Smith Denies the Texans did not answer Jay Cutler phone calls.

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There have been plenty of questions regarding J.J. Watt’s status for the upcoming season. How he will respond to workouts and ultimately, how will his body will handle the season? Watt passed a “Return to Play” protocol mandated by the team and now is out on the field in phase II of OTAs with work on the field. Watt has been a full participant in OTAs and the off-season program which occurs in the weight room. 

There are no current physical limitations on Watt and there is no plan to control his snaps during the regular season. The team expects him to be in his normal role when week one gets here. 

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There was a rumor on the Texans not picking up the phone when free agent Jay Cutler allegedly called about possibly filling the franchise's void at quarterback. The Texans did in fact have some small dialogue with Cutler’s camp during the off-season but continued their track to the NFL draft to land a quarterback which ended up being Deshaun Watson. General manager Rick Smith came out and denied the allegations that the Texans ignored Cutler. 

“I don’t know why that was reported, that is just not true I will tell you that is not as true,” Smith said in an interview with ESPN. 

Also, Smith deflected a question on the Texans interest in former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, now CBS analyst, Tony Romo. Smith was asked point blank about the Texans interest on Romo and if there was a real thought on bringing the former Cowboy to Houston to be their signal caller. 

“You know what the good thing is?” Smith said, laughing. “I don’t have to answer that question.”

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