Texans Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson arrived for practice Thursday morning with a question for assembled reporters.
"Why are y'all always filming me every day?" the NFL's passing yardage leader from last season asked. "It's the same (stuff)."
Watson is correct. Nothing has changed between the Texans and the embattled, disgruntled three-time Pro Bowl selection. Watson still wants to be traded and no deal is imminent or developing at this time, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Because this unresolved situation has such a high profile, it continues to be of major interest locally and nationally.
Watson has issued a standing trade request and is facing 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints being investigated by the Houston Police Department. He is listed fourth on the depth chart behind starter Tyrod Taylor, backup Jeff Driskel and rookie Davis Mills.
Because Watson, who is limited to individual drills and only practiced five periods per day after returning from calf and ankle tightness that sidelined him last week, has no intentions of playing for the Texans again and reported to camp only to avoid $50,000 daily fines, there's no point in him being listed any higher.
Watson is not going to play in the Texans' preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. He is complying with practice and meeting activities and being helpful to his fellow quarterbacks in terms of sharing knowledge about the playbook.
“He's helped out a lot with what he's done with me,”rookie quarterback Davis Mills said of Watson. “Any questions I have, like the other guys too, he's an open book, and he's taught me a lot.”
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 years and has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128