The Houston Texans have had their hands full this offseason. With the roster in transition and new faces in the coaching staff and front office, this season had its share of challenges long before the games began. On top of everything else, the controversy surrounding Deshaun Watson has carried itself into the new Texans season.
Watson had several lawsuits filed against him for sexual assault and misconduct following a trade request. Given such a scenario, the team had little room to maneuver. And so, they took on the challenge by force and handled it as best they could.
The Texans have taken a day-by-day approach to the situation. Watson has not missed a day at work since the allegations emerged. However, the team has kept him from playing games. Though an active roster member, Watson stands as the third-string quarterback on the Texans depth chart.
As it stands today, it appears that this will carry on for the rest of the season. Members of the organization have echoed that the situation hasn't caused any distractions thus far.
"He's on our roster, he's on our team. Again, it’s a one-day-at-a-time proposition and endeavor... He hasn’t been a problem. He hasn’t been a disruption.”Nick Caserio, Texans GM
They seem to have benefitted from their approach as shown in their dominant victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Houston will look to carry that momentum into next week when they take on the Cleveland Browns.
The Deshaun Watson controversy carries on
Deshaun Watson requested a trade from the Texans this past offseason. Houston appeared reluctant to move him at first. However, a later development would make a trade nearly impossible to accomplish. Multiple lawsuits were filed against Watson for sexual misconduct this past Spring.
From the first complaint came multiple others thereafter, all tallying up to 22 lawsuits. Watson has denied any wrongdoing on his part, but the outlook of it all suggests otherwise. The NFL, Houston Police Department, and FBI have since conducted investigations on the matter.
Without an imminent resolve, Watson's playing career remains on hold. With his professional and personal future in the balance, the Texans carry on with their season well underway.