While Texans coach Bill O'Brien refused to name his starting quarterback for Thursday night's bout with the Bengals, the decision has already been made.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's James Palmer reported Tuesday that rookie Deshaun Watson has earned the nod over veteran Tom Savage, per sources. The game will be aired exclusively on NFL Network.
The first-rounder becomes the ninth quarterback to start under O'Brien since 2014, the most by any NFL team during that span.
The decision comes as little surprise after Palmer reported that Watson took every snap with the first-string offensive line during the walkthrough portion of Tuesday's practice. Watson did tweak his ankle in Week 1 but is good to go.