If Watson does wind up playing for the Texans this fall, he’ll now have one of the NFL’s most underrated running backs in the backfield.
Phillip Lindsay is joining Deshaun Watson on the Texans
The Houston Texans are at least trying to field a competitive team in 2021, regardless if Deshaun Watson is their starting quarterback or not.
The Texans recently agreed to sign running back Phillip Lindsay, previously of the Denver Broncos, to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. Lindsay, a Pro Bowl selection in 2018, will receive $1 million in guaranteed money.
Lindsay, a restricted free agent, played his first three seasons with the Broncos. Although the Broncos initially intended to bring Lindsay back, the two sides mutually agreed to part ways.
Lindsay, who turns 27 in July, ran for 502 yards and a touchdown on 4.3 yards per carry in 11 games and eight starts last year. Melvin Gordon, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who totaled 986 yards and nine touchdowns last season, has one year left on his contract in Denver.
Lindsay is among the NFL’s most underrated running backs
Assuming he is the Texans’ quarterback this fall and is eligible to play, Deshaun Watson is getting a fun weapon in Phillip Lindsay.
Lindsay burst onto the scene in a big way in 2018, running for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns as an undrafted rookie. The hometown hero — Lindsay was born in Denver and played at Colorado Boulder — also caught 35 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown.
Lindsay started all 16 games in 2019, contributing 1,011 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry.
Lindsay battled numerous injuries, including hip and toe ailments, throughout the 2020 season. He only missed one of the Broncos’ 32 games in his first two years.
Watson currently has pressing issues beyond the field
The good news for Deshaun Watson is that he’s adding a dynamic running back in Phillip Lindsay.
Watson has far more pressing issues than who will line up with him on offense, however. As of publication, at least 22 women have formally accused Watson of offenses that range from civil misconduct to sexual assault.
Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told Fox 26 in Houston that a response from the Texans’ quarterback will come next week.
The Houston Texans made multiple moves this week relating to the quarterback room. Houston signed Tyrod Taylor, a former Pro Bowl selection while with the Bills, and acquired Bengals backup Ryan Finley in a trade.
Houston gave up the 200th overall pick in April’s NFL draft to acquire Finley and the 231st overall selection.