When asked Tuesday about rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson's progress in training camp, head coach Bill O'Brien said, "Deshaun is ahead of any rookie quarterback I've ever been around."
The buzz is building around Watson, after many beat reporters speculated during OTAs that Tom Savage would be the Week 1 starter. The Texans traded up in the first round to select Watson after giving up a second round pick to the Browns to get rid of Brock Osweiler's contract.
O'Brien also said of Savage and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins: "They stay after practice. They are coming out early...watching film together. They get along really well."
Savage provides little fantasy upside to himself or the Texans wide receiving corp, with zero touchdown passes and one interception in five career games. Even if Watson were to win the job Week 1, our current combined projections for Savage and Watson would still put the Texans starting quarterback outside the top-24 fantasy quarterbacks. An upgrade at quarterback though, even a rookie quarterback, could potentially raise Hopkins' floor, after only catching 78 of the 151 targets thrown his way last season.