One website has Deshaun Watson ranked 4th on QB depth chart

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It looks like the Houston Texans will be benching Deshaun Watson to start the season.

In what is a semi-surprising move, Deshaun Watson has sunk all the way down fourth on the depth chart according to ESPN.  With Watson’s legal situation still undecided, it was expected that Watson wasn’t going to play. But the fact that he’s ranked behind Jeff Driskel on the depth chart is a surprise that not many expected.

It’ll be a trying season for sure for the Texans, as they will try to put a tumultuous offseason behind them. First-year Head Coach David Culley and General Manager Nick Caserio have done their best to bring in their era of players and help erase memories of the old regime that started well but ended as a trainwreck.

This is going to make it interesting in case Tyrod Taylor goes down or misses time for any reason. Rookie quarterback and 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills had his rookie moments in the two preseason games the Texans have played so far.

Would Davis Mills be ready to basically replace Deshaun Watson and Tyrod Taylor?

If this were to happen, it would completely change the offense that’s called by Texans Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly. After Watson led the league in passing yards last season, there will have to be more support from the run game. That is what offensive lineman Justin Britt is excited for, the chance to really get down and dirty in the trenches and move the ball on the ground.

Mills had middle-of-the-road stats in college, and it is going to take some time to improve on those here in Houston. The offense can carry him to victory, but it’s going to take a ton of effort and re-programming if Mills has to lead this offense for a significant amount of time.

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Best of luck to Taylor and the offense as they have their final preseason game Saturday at home against the Buccaneers, before hosting the Jaguars for Week 1 of the regular season.