As things stand heading into the first days of August, veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor is set to start at quarterback for the Houston Texans ahead of Deshaun Watson for multiple reasons.
Taylor is Houston's default QB1 during training-camp sessions as Watson watches team drills standing off to the side amid reports he wishes to be traded, and the 25-year-old is facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints that could ultimately land him on the commissioner's exempt list at any point this summer.
Per Sarah Barshop of ESPN, Taylor told reporters Friday that Watson has been the opposite of a distraction early on in camp.
"Me and Deshaun are friends," Taylor explained. "We've known each other for a number of years now.