There have been many quarterbacks in Texans’ history. From David Carr to Tony Banks, Sage Rosenfels, Matt Schaub the list goes on and on. Never before have the Texans had a franchise-altering signal-caller until Deshaun Watson.
Coming into his 3rd season and off 4165 yards passing 26 TD season. This will be the season where Watson cements his place as an MVP candidate. He is now over a full year removed from the torn ACL injury he suffered in 2017. With an extra year hopefully a healthy Will Fuller and top receiver, Deandre Hopkins Watson can have an MVP year.
Watson’s career so far
No team can compete for a championship without superstar players and the Texans 3 years ago found their franchise quarterback. The Texans traded with the Browns to move up in the 2017 NFL draft and picked Watson with the 12th overall pick. This is a bold move for a team that had not drafted a quarterback in the first round since David Carr in the franchises’ first-ever draft. Amazingly enough, Bill O’Brien did not start Watson in his first few games, instead going with Tom Savage. This did not last long as the team struggled on offense and before the week 2 contest with the Cincinnati Bengals Watson was giving the start.
This is where the future MVP made his first statement.
Taking the league by storm Watson would rack up 1700 yards and 19 TDs in only 7 games before the aforementioned ACL tear ended his rookie season. Even though being sacked a league-high 62 times Watson played in every single game last year. Even taking a 12-hour bus ride after a chest injury prevented him from flying to Jacksonville. This is just the beginning for Watson. Proving that he is not just a tough running quarterback he is a tough quarterback who can also run.
More than just a runner
Dual Threat QB is sometimes a misnomer. It makes it seems as if you are more of a runner than a pocket passer. In this video below in a Week 4 matchup with the Colts you see the many dimension of Watsons maturity as a passer.
From the ability to throw on the run, fit passes into tight spaces and looking off defenders Watson can beat you with his arm along with his feet.
Team around Watson
Let’s be honest the only thing that is holding Watson back is the team around him. The Texans tried to improve that this off-season. Texans need to protect Watson at all cost and that was thinking going into the draft. The Texans drafted tackle Tytus Howard from Alabama State in the first round with the 23rd pick. With this selection, the Texans hope he will solidify one tackle spot for the foreseeable future.
Return of Will Fuller one of the fastest receivers in the NFL and with the eventual return of Keke Coutee the Texans are set at receiver. Of course, there is the best wide receiver in football Deandre Hopkins. The All-Pro wide receiver did not drop a single pass last year.
A trade with the Clevland Browns brought in another target for Watson. Duke Johnson brings a pass-catching option out of the backfield that will help alleviate some of the pressure on Lamar Miller.
With National Championship experience, improvement every year and an equal ability to beat you passing or running Watson has it all. He has improved every year and is one of the hardest-working players in the league. In a league full of great quarterbacks Watson will take his place among them as league MVP.