Texans coach David Culley ‘has nothing to say’ about QB Deshaun Watson’s participation in offseason workouts

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Houston Texans coach would not give any indication on whether the team expects to have quarterback Deshaun Watson for organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.

Phase two of the offseason workout program begins Tuesday.

“We have nothing to say about that situation at this time,” Culley told reporters on a Zoom call on May 15 during rookie minicamp. “Cal (McNair) and ownership a few weeks back indicated about how our organization feels about the situation. I think when Nick (Caserio) was on not long ago, he mentioned that he also mentioned that the legal process is in affect right now and we’re going to respect that and go from there.”

McNair told reporters at a firefighters appreciation event that the team didn’t “have anything new” about Watson’s legal situation.

“There’s ongoing investigations, and we really can’t comment until they run their course,” McNair said.

On April 16, Caserio told reporters during a Zoom call ahead of the draft that he had no comment on the situation.

“I don’t have anything to add other than it’s a legal process,” Caserio said. “We’re respectful of the legal process and where that is. We’re focused on today and we’re focused on getting ready for the offseason program and getting ready for the draft, so that’s where our focus is.”

Even before Watson was being sued by 22 women regarding sexual assault allegations, before the NFL announced they would similarly investigate the allegations, Watson would have been a hard draw to get for offseason workouts anyway given his trade request.

Nevertheless, the Texans have nothing to say about Watson’s availability for offseason workouts, though technically he would be allowed to participate.

“I have nothing to say about that at this time,” said Culley.

The Texans also have Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Finley, and third-round rookie Davis Mills on the roster at quarterback.