Houston- Many have realized that the Houston Texans success is tied to what Deshaun Watson has been doing as a quarterback and his play has helped the team atop of the AFC South. Watson has thrown for 2,807 yards completing 66.1% and thrown for 20 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions.
Head Coach Bill O’Brien is impressed with his young quarterback and his ability to learn from his mistakes and more importantly understanding NFL defenses.
“I think Deshaun is a very even-keeled guy,” O’Brien said of Watson. “He learns every day. We were just in a meeting – we had a lot of meetings this morning – and he was very focused, very alert, asked a lot of questions. I think whether it’s a win or a loss, I think every experience for him, he really takes in a lot of information and he remembers it.”
“One of his best traits is his memory,” O’Brien continued. “He remembers a lot and he tries to fix the mistakes and he tries to keep doing the things he’s doing well and keep doing them.”
This past weekend Watson put his growth as a quarterback on display against the Tennessee Titans when he used a dummy call of “Set” to get their defense to show their hand. Watson is now winning at the line of scrimmage and add that in with him improved accuracy, he is turning into a complete player.
Watson against the Titans threw the ball 24 times and completed 79.2% of his passes but when looking closer at the game, he had a better game than what the stat sheet said. Watson had three drops from his receivers and one of those incompletion was a spike to stop the clock. That means four passes, three should have been caught and one should have not counted means his adjusted completion percentage was 95.0%. His one errant pass was a deep ball to DeAndre Hopkins that was thrown just out of his reach.
The young quarterback remains the key for the Texans moving forward and his steady play has been solid but many do not realize how well he really has been playing. With the 8-game win streak, the next question is what is the ceiling for this Texans team that has not reached their full potential despite their win streak.
“We can go as far as we want to go,” Watson explained. “It’s all in our hands, all in our position, we just got to go do it and take it one week at a time, one day at a time and see where it takes us. It’s really up to us.”
The Houston Texans will wear their Color Rush uniforms on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. A change up from their home uniform during the regular season this Sunday for Deep Steel Blue Day.
DE J.J. Watt needs one sack to pass Leonard Little (87.5) for 49th on the NFL’s all-time sack list. Texans also saw Watt lock up his 7th AFC South Player of the Week award for his play agains the Tennessee Titans.
“It’s great,” O’Brien said of Watt. “He’s done a great job of working very hard to get back to this point. It’s great to see him playing at that level and to be rewarded for that is a nice thing. It’s a nice reward.”
Rookie S Justin Reid continues to impress as a player in and out of the locker room especially after he slid into the starter’s role next to S Tyrann Mathieu. Bill O’Brien has liked what Reid has brought this season and thinks his degree from Stanford is being put to good use.
“I’m always impressed with his ability to decipher the call,” O’Brien said of Reid with a smile. “And make sure – he went to Stanford, so. I would tell you he’s putting the Stanford degree to very good use.”
- ILB Dylan Cole was designated to return to the 53-man roster after injuring his wrist in week three in a loss to the New York Giants. Cole currently has a cast on his left hand but after meeting with coaches and General Manager Brian Gaine, the decision was made to move forward with him on the roster.
“Yeah, I feel good.” Cole said of his wrist. “I had a conversation with OB (Bill O’Brien) and Brian Gaine, and I guess we ultimately came to the decision that I feel good enough and I look good enough to play. So, that’s the plan.”
- RB D’Onta Foreman is chomping at the bit to get back on the field and he told the Houston Chronicle that he is ready to go to get back on the field.
“I feel good, I feel great,” Foreman said to the Houston Chronicle. “I’m ready to go. I’ve been practicing. I feel very explosive. I’m cutting really good. I feel ready to go.”
The Texans have one more week to make a decision the future of Foreman for the remainder of the 2018 season.
QB Deshaun Watson is 193 passing yards from throwing for 3,000 yards this season. Watson also needs two touchdown passes to tie Matt Schaub (22) for the most touchdown passes through 13 weeks in Texans history.
CB Johnathan Joseph is two pass deflections away from passing Brian Dawkins (179) for the eighth-most passes defensed in NFL history.
WR DeAndre Hopkins needs 11 receiving yards to become the second-youngest player to reach 7,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. Hopkins would only trail WR Larry Fitzgerald if he can eclipse those marks on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson discusses the "Slime" celebration the Texans do on the field.
The Texans traded up for Deshaun Watson with the Cleveland Browns to draft him in 2017. With the Browns coming to town on Sunday, he was asked if he thinks about the trade at all.
J.J. Watt is going to be able to see his brothers, T.J. and Derek, play on Sunday Night football when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers face off. The elder Watt is looking forward to the game and has already set some ground rules for the two younger Watt's on game day. Hear Watt going into the matchup between his brothers.
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