Texans think a healthy Deshaun Watson makes “a big difference”

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Deshaun Watson‘s not rehabbing anything this offseason. Which means he can focus on getting better.

The Texans’ third-year quarterback lost much of last year’s program to recovery from his torn ACL, and coach Bill O’Brien said he thinks having Watson on the field this offseason will make “a big difference” for the team.

“I don’t think [Watson] has a ceiling,” O’Brien said on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I think that it’s hard to put a ceiling on a guy like that because of who he is, how he works, his ability, his skill set [and] his passion for the game.

“He has had, now this season, a whole offseason of no limitations and coming back to the offseason program, a full go, can do everything. Training camp, full go. Last year, that wasn’t the case. He was limited in training camp, limited in the offseason program, so now he’ll have a full offseason, which I think will be big.”

Watson played through rib and lung problems last year, but didn’t miss a game. He was also sacked a league-high 62 times, and the Texans haven’t necessarily fixed that this offseason (signing tackle Matt Kalil probably isn’t making him sleep any easier). But O’Brien thinks Watson can make strides in his own play after completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 4.165 yards last season.

“I think there’s a lot of things he can do to improve,” O’Brien said. “He knows that; we know that. We’re going to try to improve some things around him. He’s working hard to improve his knowledge of defense, improve his mechanics, the way that he processes information, all of those things.

“When he comes back, we’ll start progressing with where we are with the playbook and we’ll start talking to him about those things.”

And having him able to work with his teammates can only help.

12 responses to “Texans think a healthy Deshaun Watson makes “a big difference”

  1. I don’t know, but maybe get him an offensive line and protect him. I do not understand why some teams do not understand that concept. Busted plays make great highlights but they only get you so far.

  2. A healthy QB makes a difference in your team. Its not possible to get this type of insight anywhere else. Love the offseason.

  3. Made zero moves thus far this off-season to help him. Everyone is well aware that we’ll be buildiing our line through the draft, but hopefully the guys we pick develop pretty dang quick or he’s gonna be David Carr 2.0

  4. Playing behind that offensive line in HOU it’s just a matter of time before Watson is injured and or banged up again. The Texans have by far the worst OL in the league heading into the 2019 season, they are going to mess around and break another young promising QB derailing another QB’s career if they do not fix that OL. 2 of their first 3 picks should be offensive linemen.

  5. Last year was basically his rookie “coming back from a major injury” season. A lot of those sacks are on Watson for not getting rid of the ball. With any OL improvement and him being healthier and a little smarter, this could be a good year.

  6. Watson can help his line by getting rid of the ball quicker, Brady does this, but this kid had a QB rating of 103 in 2017 and 103.1 in 2018, that’s consistent as it gets so keep him upright and he will produce. Hopefully they address some of these things in the draft.

  7. Throw the ball away instead of taking a sack Deshaun. Live to play another play. The OL definitely needs to be addressed quickly. Draft for need, not the best available. The Texans aren’t dumb. They know what they need. Do it. Don’t just talk about it.

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