Time for radio (and internet) silence on Deshaun Watson

I counted five Deshaun Watson jerseys along a sleepy Kirby Drive two hours before kickoff.

Watson’s famous/infamous No. 4 outnumbered J.J. Watt’s old No. 99 and Tom Brady’s new No. 12 on a night when the best quarterback of all time and the reigning Super Bowl champs took the field inside a stadium that Watson once owned.

It was the Texans’ third preseason game of 2021. And Watson “news” dominated Saturday for the Texans.

It was David Culley’s final warmup before things really get real for a first-year head coach who will soon have Texans losses (and wins) officially attached to his professional name. And Tampa Bay vs. the Texans inside NRG Stadium was nothing when compared to a national report that there was “mounting chatter that Watson will be traded in the coming days.”

Pro Football Talk reported the above — and posted three separate Watson stories within a four-hour period on Saturday, despite No. 4 being almost invisible inside the Texans’ stadium.

In real life, it was the Tyrod Taylor Show for a rebuilding team badly needing something resembling a franchise face.