Tyrod Taylor makes no attempt to hide he'll be Texans' starting QB amid Deshaun Watson stand-off

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The Houston Texans arguably have the NFL's most chaotic quarterbacks room, but Tyrod Taylor seems confident he'll be under center in Week 1.

Taylor, who signed with the Texans this offseason, met local reporters for the first time on Thursday and didn't do much to deny the idea that he will be the starter at QB amid Deshaun Watson's sexual misconduct lawsuits and trade request.

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Taylor's answer:

"Deshaun has played at a very high level throughout his career. I’ve been a fan of his and I know him personally, but the opportunity to be able to start here is something I look forward to. 

"Looking forward to going out and competing with the guys that we have in our locker room, the great talent: Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Jordan Akins, David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram. All guys that I've admired from afar. Being able to be in the locker room with those guys and to go battle with those guys on Sundays is something that I'm looking forward to."

Watson, who has admitted to consensual sexual encounters with massage therapists but denied any misconduct, was absent from Texans OTAs, though has posted videos of himself working out on Instagram. His trade request reportedly remains intact, leaving the door open for Taylor and two other quarterbacks.

The Texans paid up for Tyrod Taylor

The Texans currently have four quarterbacks on their active roster: Watson, Taylor, career back-up Jeff Driskel and third-round rookie Davis Mills.

Behind Watson, Taylor is by far the most established quarterback of the group; Driskel has nine career starts with three different teams, all following injuries to a starting quarterback, while Mills is seen as a project who will need some time to become a viable NFL passer.

Taylor is coming off a season in which he was supposed to be the starting QB for the Los Angeles Chargers, but a fateful, lung-puncturing injection from a team doctor caused them to turn to Justin Herbert earlier than expected (with strong results). The former Pro Bowler signed with the Texans on a one-year, $6 million deal that could be worth up to $12.5 million with incentives. 

That investment alone signaled the Texans saw him as Watson insurance when their All-Pro was demanding a trade, but the spate of lawsuits and police investigation against him has made it further unlikely he suits up for the Texans again.

The Texans' uncertainty at quarterback is just one aspect of an eventful offseason for the team, which has also hired David Culley as head coach, released future Hall of Famer J.J. Watt at his request and seen star wide receiver Will Full exit in free agency. BetMGM currently has the team at -650 to miss the playoffs.

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