|Date of Birth:||09/14/1995|
|Drafted:||2017 | Round 1 | Pick 12|
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Deshaun Watson is being traded to the Browns.
Watson has informed Houston that he will waive his no-trade clause for Cleveland in a stunning move after they were said to be out of the running, and a big reason is likely the Browns giving him the largest contract in NFL history in terms of guaranteed money ($150 million) on a five-year, $230-million contract. While the Saints and Falcons were thought to be the finalists, Cleveland is getting a new franchise quarterback to match up with Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson in the NFC North. It's unclear what compensation will be going back to Houston, but it will surely be a massive package, and we'd predict rising star linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will be involved along with three first-round picks (plus more). The Browns will at least get something back when they eventually trade Baker Mayfield—assuming he's not involved in the Watson trade—and they now have a no-doubt franchise quarterback.
Deshaun Watson is not facing criminal charges for sexual assault allegations.
Watson can and likely will still face civil litigation for his alleged actions, but this was the major step towards a return to the field, and now we might see teams be willing to strike a deal with Houston for the disgruntled quarterback. Especially with the start of the new league year next week, it wouldn't be a surprise if a trade happens within the next few days to allow everyone to know where they stand at quarterback ahead of free agency. There is also a chance that Watson's off-field issues are enough to keep franchises from taking a chance on him—especially considering the capital Houston likely wants for him—but those who have held onto him in dynasty leagues can certainly feel a lot better about his potential value in 2022 and beyond.
The Texans are open to trading Deshaun Watson.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports via Twitter: "The #Texans are now willing to listen — and have been for some time — to trade offers for star QB Deshaun Watson". This is not surprising considering 1) Watson does not want to play for Houston, and 2) Watson is dealing with off-field issues that the Texans probably don't want to deal with. The price will be extremely high for Watson (Pelissero speculates that it would take three first-round picks and more, but we'd say this high asking price might just be a starting point in trade negotiations considering Watson's off-field concerns). It'll be interesting to see which teams are interested in acquiring Watson, all things considered. Despite the presence of Jalen Hurts, the Eagles have been the team most linked to the star quarterback this offseason.
Deshaun Watson is reporting to training camp.
This is a bit of a surprise considering Watson's stance all offseason has been that he wants to be traded, but he's reporting for the start of training camp (presumably to avoid getting fined). NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says: "However, Watson’s stance about the organization and desire to be traded remains unchanged" despite his reporting to camp. Still, it doesn't seem like Watson would be willing to miss game checks either if he's already reporting for Day 1 of camp. There are also the disturbing off-field allegations that Watson is dealing with, and this entire situation is an odd one. But Watson is clearly lightening his stance somewhat and might not have much power to force his way out of Houston.
The Houston Police is now investigating Deshaun Watson.
After over 20 accusers against Watson, a complaint from an individual has now had a report filed with the Houston Police Department. The Houston PD is now conducting an investigation into the situation. Watson has had a few dozen known massage therapists, so this situation is clearly a peculiar one, and the allegations are very disturbing. Watson deserves due process, but things are not looking good for him. Hopefully this police investigation helps get to the bottom of this, but as of now it won’t be a surprise if we don’t see Watson—who has strongly demanded a trade from the Texans—on the field any time soon.
Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade, according to multiple reports.
Watson has apparently not talked to new general manager Nick Caserio since the former New England executive was hired, and the relationship appears to be beyond repair. Most are saying Watson controls things because of his no-trade clause allowing him to choose his destination (or more accurately, block any potential destination), but Houston would be wise to not settle for any compensation less than what they deem fair value. If the Texans are able to acquire at least multiple first-round picks and a bundle of other selections, this could turn out to be a way to accelerate the rebuild for a roster that lacks foundational pieces. The Jets and Dolphins are two teams Watson has been connected to in recent weeks.
The Texans are signing Deshaun Watson to a four-year, $160-million extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The deal will keep him under contract through the 2025 season, and it will include $111 million guaranteed. Watson has proven to be a star for Houston after somehow falling outside the top ten in the 2017 NFL Draft, and both he and the team now have long-term security as they hope to establish themselves as a franchise that can consistently make deep playoff runs in the AFC. Through three seasons, Watson has gone 24-13 with 9,716 passing yards and a 71:29 touchdown-interception ratio (along with 1,233 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns). Watson carries high-end QB1 upside in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this weekend.
The Texans exercised Deshaun Watson's fifth-year option.
This was obviously a complete no-brainer for Houston, and Watson is now under contract through 2021. The Texans will also have the ability to use the franchise tag after Watson's contract expires, but the two sides might be able to come to a long-term agreement at some point in the next 12-24 months.
Deshaun Watson (back) is officially active for the Texans.
However, Watson is reportedly set to serve as the team’s backup quarterback against the Titans, so he should not be in Week 17 fantasy lineups. Owners with championships on the line need to go in another direction at their quarterback spot.
Deshaun Watson (back) is officially listed as questionable for Week 17.
The Texans have indicated that they are going to play their starters, but perhaps that will change if the Chiefs clinch the No. 3 seed in the early games on Sunday, especially with Watson now listed as questionable. Watson's status probably won't be known until an hour and a half before the Texans' late-afternoon kickoff on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson throws 49 passes in playoff loss to the Colts.
Watson was 29/49 for 235 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with eight carries for a team-high 76 yards. The Colts did an excellent job of shutting down the Texans offense and putting pressure on Watson, but the second-year quarterback missed some throws including a potential touchdown at the end of the first half with Houston looking to cut into their 21-0 deficit (though it looked like DeAndre Hopkins might have stopped running on the route). The interception came in the first half when he didn't read a zone defender correctly, and the touchdown was to Keke Coutee on a swing pass in the fourth quarter. Overall, this wasn't a great performance for Watson, but he didn't get much help from his teammates throughout the game. Watson will now enter the offseason fully healthy, and hopefully he gets a boosted offensive line put in front of him—and remember he'll get Will Fuller back in the mix, and two have a great connection. Watson will obviously be a QB1 option in 2019 fantasy drafts after he was the first player in NFL history with 4,000 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 500 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns during the regular season.
Deshaun Watson rushes for one touchdown in Week 17.
Watson was 25/35 for 234 yards along with 13 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. Watson's regular season ends with 4,165 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, nine interceptions along with 99 carries for 551 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Overall, Watson wasn't the elite fantasy force he was as a rookie, but it was an excellent season coming off a torn ACL, and he was the QB4 on the year. Aside form a mid-season lull against tough defenses from Weeks 6-11, Watson put up some big fantasy point totals including three rushing touchdowns in the final two games of the season. Those that had Watson in championship matchups might have been carried to titles by him, as he had fantasy point totals of 36.5 and 22.0 the last two weeks of the season. Watson next faces the Colts in the Wild Card Round this Saturday afternoon, and it'll be exciting to see the clutch quarterback in his first playoff action.
Deshaun Watson scores four times against the Eagles.
Watson was 29/40 for 339 yards and two touchdowns along with eight carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' Week 16 loss. He also lost one fumble in the game on a strip sack. Watson basically carried Houston's offense (which ran just 11 times for 13 yards with the running backs) as they tried to match Nick Foles, and he led the Texans to 14 fourth-quarter points including a go-ahead touchdown to Vyncint Smith with 2:04 remaining on a perfect 35-yard deep ball, but the Eagles kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. This was one of the best games of the season for the second-year quarterback, who probably put a lot of people in a great position to win a fantasy title. Watson concludes the regulars season with a tough matchup against the Jaguars.
Deshaun Watson, Texans improve to 10-4 with 29-22 victory over the Jets.
Watson was 22/28 for 294 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding four carries for a team-high 26 rushing yards. Houston trailed 22-19 in the fourth quarter, but they ended up taking and then holding onto the lead to escape New York with a win. Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for both of his scores, including the game-winning touchdown from 14 yards away. Next up is a matchup against the banged-up Eagles, so Watson will remain a QB1 option for those in the fantasy championship.
Deshaun Watson, Texans have nine-game winning streak snapped in 24-21 loss to Indy.
Watson was 27/38 for 267 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, also adding five carries for 35 yards. The score game on a seven-yard throw to DeAndre Hopkins in a comeback attempt, but it was too little, too late for Houston. Fortunately, they get a great bounce-back opportunity next Saturday against the Jets, so Watson should be in lineups as a strong QB1.
Deshaun Watson, Texans win ninth game in a row.
Watson was 22/31 for 224 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in a 29-13 victory over Cleveland, also adding seven carries for 30 yards. Failure to convert for touchdowns in Browns territory led to a slightly frustrating fantasy day for Watson, but Houston sits comfortably atop the AFC South at 9-3. While more of a low-end QB1 with less than 240 passing yards in every game since Week 6, the 23-year-old has a ton of upside in the fantasy playoffs, including next week in a rematch against the Colts.
Deshaun Watson totals 290 yards, three touchdowns as Houston wins eighth in a row.
Watson was 19/24 for 210 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding nine carries for 70 yards and another score. It was a masterful performance by Houston's quarterback, as he took advantage of a banged-up secondary, finding Demaryius Thomas twice for six while chipping in a 15-yard sprint of his own. Watson will have a more imposing matchup next week against the confident Browns, but he should be ranked as at least a low-end QB1. The Texans are now 8-3 after starting the season 0-3.
Deshaun Watson throws two interceptions against the Redskins.
Watson was 16/24 for 208 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions along with three carries for seven yards. The score was a laser throw to an open DeAndre Hopkins down the left sideline. The first interception was forced into coverage and was tipped before getting picked; and the second was on a screen pass where defensive lineman Preston Smith made a nice play. Watson will look to bounce back next Monday night against a Titans team he threw two touchdowns against in Week 2.
Deshaun Watson, Texans win sixth game in a row.
Watson was 17/24 for 213 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding six carries for 38 yards in a 19-17 victory over Denver. The Texans were fortunate to escape with the win after Brandon McManus missed what turned out to be a 51-yard field goal (thanks to poor clock management) as time expired, but Watson played well in a tough environment, connecting with Jordan Thomas (seven yards) and DeAndre Hopkins (16 yards) for scores. Houston heads into the bye at 6-3 with a commanding lead in the AFC South, and Watson will be a solid QB1 option when they return to face the Redskins.
Deshaun Watson, Texans light up the Dolphins in Thursday Night Football victory.
Watson was 16/20 for 239 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding a 14-yard rush. Miami kept it close in the first half and entered the break down 14-10, but Watson connected with rookie tight end Jordan Thomas twice for six, then really came alive with a 73-yard touchdown to Will Fuller before tossing his final two scores to DeAndre Hopkins from 49 yards away and two yards away. The 23-year-old is on pace for 4,352 passing yards and a 30:14 touchdown-interception ratio at the midpoint of the season with an extra 460-yard pace on the ground. It's been up-and-down so far this season, but Watson should be a QB1 down the stretch, including next week in Denver.
Deshaun Watson throws one touchdown in Texans' win.
The Texans were in total control the entire game against the Jaguars, winning their fourth straight game to take first place in the AFC South after an 0-3 start. Watson was 12/24 for 139 yards and one touchdown along with seven carries for 13 yards. The score was to DeAndre Hopkins on a ten-yard slant to put Houston up 20-0 in the third quarter. Watson and the Texans have a quick turnaround and face the Dolphins this Thursday night.
Deshaun Watson, Texans improve to 3-3 with another defensive victory.
Watson was 15/25 for 177 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, also rushing twice for two yards and three fumbles (one lost). Houston needed a Jonathan Joseph pick six to get a 20-13 victory in the final minutes, but they'll take it to get to .500 after another offensive struggle. Watson came into the game with a chest injury and was sacked seven times, so the Texans need to figure things out before a Week 7 matchup with the angry Jaguars. It might be best to look elsewhere at the quarterback position for one game, as Watson won't be anything more than a risky QB2.
Deshaun Watson (chest) is officially active against the Bills.
Watson was never thought to be in any doubt for today’s Week 6 matchup, and he’ll officially be out there versus Buffalo. While Watson is probably going to be in some pain, he shouldn’t be too limited and remains an excellent QB1 option in fantasy lineups.
Deshaun Watson (chest) is listed as questionable for Week 6.
While Watson is officially listed as questionable, it's certainly on the probable side of things. It would be a major surprise if Watson does not play on Sunday against the Bills, and both he and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien have indicated he'll be on the field. The Texans play in the early games this week, so Watson's status will be set by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson (chest) was limited in today's practice.
Watson and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien both said he's ready to go for this Sunday against the Bills, so expect him to be out there and usable as a great QB1 in fantasy lineups. We'll let you know if anything changes when the injury report for the game is released on Friday.
Deshaun Watson eclipses 400+ total yards for third straight week.
Watson continues to put his body on the line and take a beating despite coming off a torn ACL last season, and he's basically carrying the offense right now. In a 19-16 overtime win against the Cowboys, Watson was 33/44 for 375 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and also added ten carries for 40 yards. The score was a forward pass fly sweep to Keke Coutee for one yard. Overall, Watson hit the open receiver and kept the ball moving down the field while throwing accurate passes both from the pocket and on the run. Watson has at least 21 standard fantasy points in each of the last four games and is a strong QB1 next week against the Bills.
Deshaun Watson totals over 400 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4 overtime win.
The Texans put an end to their nine-game losing streak dating back to last season, and Watson was a big part of it with a huge offensive performance. Watson was 29/42 for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with six carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. Watson's touchdowns were to the usual suspects, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Through four games, Watson is on pace for 4,984 yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and a rushing line of 96/644/4. Watson has an interception in each of the first four games, but he has at least 300 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in each of the last three. Watson remains a strong QB1 for Week 5 against the Cowboys.
Deshaun Watson throws two touchdowns as the Texans drop to 0-3.
Houston couldn't get the ball in the end zone for three quarters, but Watson tossed a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make it a one-score game against the Giants. Overall, Watson was 24/40 for 385 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with five carries for 36 yards (which led the team). The Texans will look to pick up their first win of the year against the Colts next Sunday, but Indy has been playing teams tougher than expected defensively. Still, Watson is an obvious QB1 option in Week 4 fantasy lineup.
Deshaun Watson goes over 300 yards in Texans' loss.
Houston is now 0-2 this season, and the offensive line is a key reason why, as Watson is getting a lot of pressure on him early in the year. Watson was 22/32 for 310 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with five carries for 44 rushing yards in the Week 2 loss. The interception was on a throw into double coverage to DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone, and the touchdowns were to Hopkins and Will Fuller for 28 and 39 yards. In Week 3, Watson faces a Giants team that might struggle to get after him like the Patriots and Texans have through two weeks.
Deshaun Watson struggles in Week 1 loss to the New England.
The good news is Watson showed zero limitation in his first regular season action coming off his torn ACL from last year, but he didn't have his best game against the Patriots, missing some throws. Watson was 17/34 for 176 passing yards, one passing touchdown, one interception, and one fumble lost along with eight carries for 40 rushing yards. The Patriots did get a lot of pressure on Watson all afternoon, and he showed his usual great poise while scrambling and keeping his eyes downfield to make throws, but overall it wasn't a great game for him. The touchdown was to Bruce Ellington in the red zone, and the interception was on a deep ball thrown into double coverage in the end zone. Look for Watson to bounce back in Week 2 against the Titans.
Deshaun Watson says he's going to be "full-go" for training camp.
Watson is at tonight's American Flag Football League championship game and golf NFL Network's Kay Adams that he'll be full-go for the start of camp next week. There are no concerns about the second-year quarterback's health heading into the season, and we should see him in preseason action with his teammates. Locked in as the Texan's clear starting quarterback as opposed to last year when he was the backup to Tom Savage at the start of the season, Watson has the upside to be the top fantasy scorer in 2018.
Deshaun Watson (knee) is on schedule for training camp.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, and he said his star franchise quarterback is "on schedule to participate in training camp and we're excited about that." Watson tore his ACL during a practice at the start of November, so it'll be nearly nine months when Texans training camp starts. Even if Watson isn't out there for the first day, there isn't much concern about his recovery. Everyone should feel great about him being out there for Week 1, but seeing him participate in a full training camp would be a boost as he enters his second NFL season.
Deshaun Watson posts video of himself running for the first time since his ACL tear.
Watson tore his ACL in practice in November, but he's apparently making great progress in his recovery. It looks like Watson is one of those freakish healers that could be ready sooner than most guys would be able to, and being 100% for training camp almost looks like a lock at this point (barring any setbacks). Watson's recovery will be one of the big storylines this offseason after he lit up the league with 21 total touchdowns in just seven games as a rookie.
Deshaun Watson did tear his ACL, according to multiple reports.
The fears have been confirmed, and Watson's season will be over, as the Texans will no way have their treasured rookie franchise quarterback try to play through the injury. It's a bitter end to an otherwise magnificent first NFL season for Watson, as he showed what made his college head coach Dabo Swinney warn people not to pass on him in the draft. Houston can find some slight comfort in knowing Watson will hit rehab hard and do everything he can to come back even better in 2018, and that they have one of the best players in the league to build around. His rookie season ends with 1,699 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, eight interceptions, a 61.8% completion percentage, 36 carries, 269 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns in seven games (six starts). It's still early, but Watson should certainly be considered a top-ten quarterback option in fantasy drafts next season.
Deshaun Watson is feared to have suffered a torn ACL today in practice, according to Ian Rapoport.
Wow. This is just simply awful news, as Rapoport reports Watson went down with a non-contact injury in today's practice and they are getting an MRI to confirm the fears. Watson was in the middle of a spectacular rookie season, as he was tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes (19) despite not starting the first game and already having his bye week. As we fully expected, Watson showed people he could play at an extremely high level in the NFL, and he'll be a huge difference-maker for years to come. You really have to feel for the rookie quarterback and his team, as this is a real shame. While not nearly as important as the real-life ramifications for Watson personally, fantasy owners will likely have to look elsewhere for their QB1 for the rest of the season, pending the likely confirmation of a torn ACL after the MRI.
Deshaun Watson plays great but the Texans lose in Seattle.
The rookie from Clemson had an amazing performance against one of the NFC's best teams, going 19/30 for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions while adding eight carries for 67 yards. Watson became the first player in the Super Bowl era to have over 400 yards passing, four passing touchdowns, and over 50 rushing yards in a game. But Seattle scored with under 25 seconds remaining in a back-and-forth game. The interceptions weren't great—one was jumped by Earl Thomas and one was an ill-advised throw into a zone area that a receiver ran into and Watson didn't see Richard Sherman—but the last one came on pretty much a desperation attempt at the end of the game. It's difficult not to be impressed with the poise and ability of Watson, and it had people saying he's a clear franchise quarterback (which was overdue, as he probably should've been the first pick in the draft as we've been saying all along). Despite already having his bye week and not starting in the first game, the rookie leads the NFL in touchdowns. He's an elite QB1 against the Colts in Week 9.
Deshaun Watson throws another three touchdowns; Texans beat the team that passed on him twice.
Watson was 17/29 for 225 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed six times for 23 yards. Watson became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for at least three touchdowns in three-consecutive games, and it was fitting to come against Cleveland after they passed on him twice and settled for DeShone Kizer in the spring. Unless Jacoby Brissett scores 60+ fantasy points on Monday night, Watson is going to be the highest-scoring fantasy quarterback through six weeks. That said, he faces his toughest test yet as the Texans travel to Seattle in Week 7, though no one would blame fantasy owners for keeping the rookie in their lineup.
Deshaun Watson scores five touchdowns in second-straight game, but Chiefs pull away from beat up Houston team on SNF.
Watson was 16/31 for 261 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 31 yards. The first-round pick is quieting a lot of critics up with an unbelievable start to his career, and Sunday night's game allowed him to display his arm strength—a so-called "concern" coming out of Clemson. Through four starts, Watson has thrown for 1,072 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions, and he's also rushed for 179 yards and two scores on the ground. He's an every-week QB1 that needs to be in lineups against the Browns in Week 6.
Deshaun Watson explodes for five totals scores in win over the Titans.
Watson played lights out to get his team to 2-2, as the rookie was 25/34 for 283 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception while also adding four carries for 24 yards and a rushing touchdown. One touchdown was to DeAndre Hopkins, one was to Lamar Miller, and two were to Will Fuller V—who added a speed element toe the offense—as Watson looked comfortable and made great plays all day. The rushing touchdown looked like a play from his Clemson days, as it was a designed quarterback run that Watson basically walked in on. Watson has a difficult matchup on Sunday night against the Chiefs, but the former national champion has always shined in primetime games. It's still early, but it certainly looks like teams are going to regret passing on Watson.
Deshaun Watson nearly leads Texans to win in Foxborough over the Pats.
The rookie quarterback was very impressive against New England's defense, going 23/33 for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, while adding eight carries for 41 yards on the ground. The one interception was on a pass where he was pressured and probably expected DeAndre Hopkins to come back on his route, but the pass was still throw short and inside. And the second interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of the game. He still showed great poise throughout the game, and he led the Texans to a touchdown drive late in the game, throwing a pinpoint strike to tight end Ryan Griffin in the end zone. Watson and the Texans have a big AFC South matchup next Sunday against the Titans.
Deshaun Watson helps lead Texans to Week 2 win over the Bengals.
The rookie quarterback from Clemson was celebrating his 22nd birthday and played well in his first NFL start, going 15/24 for 125 yards and rushing five times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Despite being without his top three tight ends and only having three receivers active for the game while playing behind a shaky offensive line, Watson avoided mistakes and kept his team in the game. He took some big hits from the Bengals, including three sacks, but he bounced back each time and appeared to get more comfortable as the game went on—as Cris Collinsworth noted on the NFL Network broadcast. In the second quarter, Watson scrambled up the middle and threw a stiff arm before navigating through the defense and picking up good blocking on a 49-yard touchdown run, which might have calmed him down a bit as it got the offense going. The rookie has a difficult matchup in Week 3 against New England, but hopefully he'll have a healthier team and improved offensive line play in front of him. He's worth an add if you're struggling at quarterback.
Deshaun Watson is now the Texans starting quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport.
Tom Savage was the starter throughout the offseason and preseason and did not have much of a chance against Jacksonville on Sunday given the offensive line play, but it was only a matter of time before Watson took over. Watson will make his first-career start on a short week Thursday night against the Bengals in a primetime matchup. The all-time college great and national champion from Clemson has very much impressed O'Brien and the Texans since they traded up to select him with the 12th pick in the draft, and now they'll hand him the keys to the team and see where he can take it. Despite the poor showing on Sunday from the Texans, they have a championship-caliber defense that gives them a chance to win now. The rookie Watson might take some bumps as he gets acclimated to playing in the NFL, but he has a chance to be a really great one. Watson is worth an add in fantasy leagues as someone that might be able to make an immediate impact and can also add some points rushing.
Deshaun Watson replaces Tom Savage in season opener.
Watson was 12/23 for 102 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 29-7 loss. The rookie also lost a fumble and rushed twice for 16 yards. Jacksonville has an underrated defense with two elite corners and talent at all levels, so this was a tough task for both Watson and Tom Savage before him. Head coach Bill O'Brien hasn't indicated who will start this Thursday night against the Texans, but it would be a surprise if it wasn't Watson. If so, he's worth a look in fantasy leagues due to his rushing ability. Houston needs to fix the offensive line.
Deshaun Watson starts second half of Week 1 game for the Jaguars.
Tom Savage didn't play terrible in the first half, but he lost two fumbles and Bill O'Brien likely knows the team needs a spark after getting shutout, 19-0, in the first half. The Texans gave up six sacks in the first half, so this benching wasn't really on Savage. That said, the all-time college football great has a chance to seize the starting job for Houston here.
Deshaun Watson completed 11/21 passes for 116 yards and one interception on Saturday night.
Watson also rushed twice for 10 yards. Houston's offense in general struggled, as they were shutout by the Saints, but it looks like Tom Savage is locked-in as the Week 1 starter. Watson isn't worth drafting in redraft leagues, but he will be an intriguing pickup if he becomes the starter at any point in the regular season.
Deshaun Watson rushes for another touchdown in second preseason game.
The rookie quarterback was 3/10 for 102 yards, with a 63-yard slant to D'Onta Foreman doing most of the damage through the air. On the ground, Watson carried four times for ten yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was on a play-action pass call at the goal line—Watson was pressured immediately on his roll out, but he showed his great athleticism when he stopped on a dime and accelerated up the middle for six. Starter Tom Savage moved the offense and looks to be locked in as the starter, in which case Watson would obviously not have a ton of fantasy value.
Deshaun Watson thinks his progress from the offseason to now has been "very, very good."
Speaking to reporters yesterday, the rookie quarterback said, "honestly, in the spring, I knew what I was doing, but at the same time my head was swimming. But whenever I will step on the field today, I can go out there and control the offense and do what he asks me to do and make good decisions fast." Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has talked about how far along Watson is for a rookie quarterback, but all indications have been Tom Savage will be the starter. That can change, though, with Watson already comfortable in the offense and impressing the Texans.
Deshaun Watson plays very well in first NFL preseason game.
Watson was 15/25 for 179 yards, along with three carries for 24 yards and a touchdown. The national championship winning quarterback looked extremely calm out there from the start, displaying his great poise, and he looked in complete command of the offense, making audibles at the line of scrimmage, avoiding mistakes, and hitting his check downs to keep the offense moving. He also showed his ability to move outside the pocket and keep his eyes down the field to make throws. Watson's first drive after halftime was a 15-play, 75-yard drive that he capped off with a 15-yard touchdown run. It's only one preseason game against a second-team defense and he did throw a couple of inaccurate passes, but it looks obvious the Texans were lucky to get Watson with the 12th pick in the draft. Look for the impressive rookie quarterback to get some time with the first-team offense in the next couple of preseason games.
Bill O'Brien: Deshaun Watson "won't make the same mistake twice."
The Texans had coach said this of his rookie quarterback on SiriusXM NFL Radio. O'Brien said Watson "makes mistakes, but he fixes them." This just further confirms how impressive the young quarterback out of Clemson has been to the Texans so far, and he clearly studies his mistakes and learns from them. O'Brien is probably thrilled with this quality from Watson, and he and the rest of the coaching staff must be thrilled to have gotten him with the 12th pick in the draft. If the rookie ends up starting over Tom Savage, he's someone worth rostering.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien praises rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.
O'Brien said "Deshaun is ahead of any rookie quarterback I've ever been around." O'Brien hasn't been around a first-round rookie QB like Watson was, but it's still notable because O'Brien said his quarterback still had a way to go in the offseason. The progress Watson has made stems from his great work ethic—he's reportedly the first player on the field every day and studies non-stop. Also, O'Brien isn't someone that's going to praise someone for no reason, so we can take this compliment seriously. Tom Savage started training camp as the starter and could lead the team, but it might be hard to keep the accomplished college quarterback off the field. Don't be surprised if Watson delivers fantasy value as a rookie if he hits the field.
The Texans "absolutely love what they have seen from Deshaun Watson," according to Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says the team always liked Watson's ability, but they are "blown away" with Watson's work ethic, noting that he's always the first one on the field and takes a lot of notes. Watson's work ethic is legendary from his days at Clemson, where he helped push the program to the next level while winning a national championship. The Texans have been committed to Tom Savage as their starter to open the year, even after they traded up and drafted Watson. Savage is experienced and can certainly play well as the Texans' starter, but if the rookie is really impressing them this much both mentally and physically, it might be difficult to keep him off the field. Either way, it's looking like the Texans quarterback situation should not hold the team back moving forward.
Texans trade up to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
A two-time Heisman finalist, Watson led the Clemson Tigers to two straight National Championship games, including a win over Alabama in last season’s big game. Watson was sensational in that final game, and proved he was a winner (32-3 career record as starter) and clutch throughout his college career. He completed 67.0% of his passes for 4,593 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in his final season at Clemson, adding 629 yards and nine touchdowns on 165 rushing attempts. Watson watched Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes II both get drafted before him, and it will no doubt add to the chip on his shoulder. This is a great situation for Watson, playing for Bill O'Brien and with a great defense. As a rookie, Watson will compete with Tom Savage for the starting job. If he wins the job, he'll have a chance to deliver some 2017 fantasy value, and he'll look to continue his winning ways from his college career on a good Texans team.