Houston Texans OTAs Update: J.J. Watt and David Quessenberry Return

Quick hitters from todays OTAs for the Houston Texans.

Quick Hitters from todays second day of OTAs for the Houston Texans. 

The return of J.J. Watt and David Quessenberry were noted immediately by those in attendance during the first day of the Houston Texans OTAs. Quessenberry was working on the interior of the offensive line after nearly a four year layoff battling lymphoma. Quessenberry is working to get reacclimated to the NFL game and it is clear that the Texans are in position to let him compete for a role on the team. 

As for Watt, it is early but he is moving well. However, like for all veterans, this will be a gradual build up to the training camp. For one, Watt looks in much better shape than he did last season when he came down with the back injury and he much more looks the part going into 2017. Watt showed off his normal pass rushing ability and made offensive tackles know he was back. It was good to see him back moving and displaying a high level of ability once again. 


There was a clear confidence change with running back Tyler Ervin on the field. Last season, even during the spring and offseason, Ervin looked tentative. With the ball in his hands today, he looked decisive when catching, running, and fielding punts. It is early, but it is clear that Ervin appears to be a different player on the field. 

Tom Savage took the field as the clear cut starter and had an up and down day. Savage was able to put touch on the ball at times and other times, had some poor decision making. It is clear he is ahead of the curve on knowing where the football needs to go and he was able to showcase that when he had time to operate. This is Savage’s position to lose and it is going to take a strong camp from Deshaun Watson to unseat him. 

As for Deshaun Watson, it was more downs than ups as the practice progressed. Watson looks solid in the quick game and showed he is accurate, getting the ball out quickly. The issue, like many rookie quarterbacks, is when he has to read the game and let plays develop. He looked overmatched at times and although this is only the second day on the grass, there is a clear learning curve that Watson has to overcome to even get close to stepping on the field. 

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