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ESPN source: Rookie Deshaun Watson to start at QB for Texans in Game 2

Veteran quarterback Tom Savage started season opener

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 26:  Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 26: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


SAN ANTONIO – Houston Texans' top draft-pick Deshaun Watson will make his first career start at quarterback versus the Cincinnati Bengals, an ESPN source reports.

Watson, a rookie out of Clemson, played the second half in the Texans' season-opening loss versus Jacksonville, going 12-of-23 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

It was Watson who led the team for the Texans' only points of their opener, throwing a 4-yard scoring pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after leading the team down the field.

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Original starter Tom Savage was 7-of-13 for 62 yards and was sacked six times before being benched.

Savage's agent on Wednesday spoke harshly about the team for his benching in the Week 1 loss. 

ESPN reports that Watson has taken the first-team reps this week at practice.