Texans rave about their rookie with “swag”

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In only his third career start, Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is living up to the hype from folks like his head coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney. Watson is now generating hype from his NFL colleagues.

“He just has swag,” running back Lamar Miller told reporters after Sunday’s 57-14 (not a typo) win. “He keeps everybody going, you know, he leads the offense, he commands the huddle and he just makes sure everybody is playing fast and doing their assignment. He’s just moving the ball with them.”

Coach Bill O’Brien was a bit more measured regarding the player who clearly should have been the starter from the start of the offseason program.

“I mean, he’s a good player,” O’Brien told reporters. “He’s a very smart guy. These guys, they believe in him. He works very hard. He’s got a fantastic way about him. He’s a humble kid, was raised the right way and he works very hard. He’s got great questions. He’s got great suggestions. He’s got a good mind for a lot of different things, not just football. He’s an excellent kid and he’s fun to coach.”

O’Brien specifically praised praised Watson’s vision.

“He sees the game pretty well,” O’Brien said. “There’s a lot of things that he sees. I know he does a good job offensively, but overall, he’s seeing a lot of different things — third-down blitzes for the first time, red area things for the first time. I think he’s making smart decisions. That interception, that’s on me. I got a little greedy there at the end. I think he’s made some really good decisions. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s a very calm guy. He’s a very thoughtful guy. So he’s always going to try to make the best decisions for the team.”

O’Brien also had good things to say about Watson’s arm and legs.

“He really can throw the football,” O’Brien said. “He’s a very accurate passer. He’s got big hands. He can really sling it and he’s a very smart runner. Running is not all about speed. It’s about instincts and understanding how plays are being blocked and understanding the defense that you’re seeing to kind of weave your way through. And so far, so good with that. But, again, next week’s another huge challenge. I’m just telling you. I’m not trying to be –- I’m just saying, ‘Watch this tape, great game guys, get all the pats on the back, great, but then we have Kansas City.’ Kansas City is one of the best teams in football. So, we have a big week ahead of us here. We can’t wait. We have to get to work against those guys on Wednesday.”

That’s a great point from O’Brien about speed. Watson isn’t going to rocket by defenders; he’s going to weave through traffic, going where the defenders aren’t, and where they won’t be. As a result, the Texans should finally be in good hands at the quarterback position.

The Texans, now at 2-2, will face the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, in what will be Watson’s first game before a prime-time broadcast audience.

10 responses to “Texans rave about their rookie with “swag”

  1. Listen anybody who beats an Alabama defense in college is clearly a player. Now will that translate to a long productive NFL career? I hope so because good qbs are fun to watch. Nobody wants to watch tom savage vs case keenum, no offense to either of those guys. The league is better when there are more qbs playing at a high level.

    The league office knows that too. Hence new rules like illegal contact (which happens every passing play but is called randomly once or twice a game, different rant) and the rules protecting the passer.

  2. Fire Bill O’Brien immediately. How could he get the starting QB decision so very wrong?

  3. Dude donated his first game check to the Texans cafeteria workers who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey. Whatever he does the rest of the year, enough said. Respect.

  4. The one thing I said translated about him since his first time playing at Clemson versus FSU is how he takes a lick and stares it down. That’s one of the hardest things to teach in a QB.

  5. I was at the game today. We sit up high, where you can see the whole field. Watching his pocket presence, field vision and overall calmness, was a joy to watch. After all these years, we may finally have a franchise quarterback.

  6. Well, well, well where are all the nasty comments I saw here at the QB change? You owe it to us all and yourself to stand up and eat your crow. Hey, you can even kneel if you want. Of course it’s only one game, but if you don’t recognize a very good QB, when you see one, why be so negative from now on. You have to earn credibility.

  7. Looks like the Texans got the best QB in the draft: a STAR has been born in Deshaun Watson, and this Chiefs fan is jealous. We should’ve drafted him instead of Patrick ‘Pine’ Mahomes.

  8. Kerouac says:
    October 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm
    Looks like the Texans got the best QB in the draft: a STAR has been born in Deshaun Watson, and this Chiefs fan is jealous. We should’ve drafted him instead of Patrick ‘Pine’ Mahomes.
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    Don’t give up on Mahomes…yet.

  9. Kerouac says:
    October 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm
    Looks like the Texans got the best QB in the draft: a STAR has been born in Deshaun Watson, and this Chiefs fan is jealous. We should’ve drafted him instead of Patrick ‘Pine’ Mahomes.
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    This Chiefs fan understands the Chiefs traded up because they saw the potential quarterback of their future, not the present. All of I’ve seen from most people in and around KC are huge praise for Mahomes. I’d much rather he has a year or two to develop and learn the game at NFL speed than be thrown to the wolves. I’d say KC is in a great place.
    As it relates to Watson, it’s exciting to see what he’s developing into so quickly. Looks like a great pick for Houston!

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