Deshaun Watson learned from watching Aaron Rodgers

AP

Deshaun Watson has learned the most from reps, being out on the field, but part of his learning process has involved watching tape of successful mobile quarterbacks.

Namely Aaron Rodgers.

When Watson was a rookie in 2017, then Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan had Watson watch hours and hours of Rodgers.

“The biggest thing was keeping plays alive,” Watson said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “Always looking for guys, regardless if you’re scrambling outside the pocket or moving inside the pocket. He’s always looking for an open receiver.”

Watson will try to reduce his sack numbers this season. He took a league-high 62 last season. Rodgers never has taken more than 51 and has averaged 37 since he became the Packers’ starter.

Rodgers also has had a better offensive line than Watson has had.

Rodgers has other things Watson covets, too. Rodgers, 35, has two MVP awards, a Super Bowl MVP and a Super Bowl ring.

Watson will get an up-close look at Rodgers next week when the Texans have joint practices with the Packers.

“This is another opportunity for me to take my game to another level and, hopefully, in a couple of years, be in his position,” Watson said. “He’s one of the best ever, a guy I’ve been looking up to for a long time.

“I’m excited to watch him work, see how he practices and goes about his business every day.”

28 responses to “Deshaun Watson learned from watching Aaron Rodgers

  1. Staying alive is great if you can stay alive. But that style of play results in both taking more sacks than necessary and taking more hits than necessary. The guys with longevity like Manning, Brady, Brees knew when to get a ball out quick and live to play another down. Rodgers may make spectacular broken plays, but he’s also been hurt a whole lot in recent years.

  2. Watson was downright pigheaded about refusing to throw the ball away. That really hurts the team, eating a 15 yard loss.

  3. Should be a very productive couple of days next week with the Texans in town. The joint practices will be Monday and Tuesday leading up to Thursday nights preseason game.

    The Texans will begin each practice on Clarke Hinkle Field before joining the Packers on Ray Nitschke Field for the joint practices.

    I know J.J. Watt has said he is very much looking forward to coming home to Wisconsin and practicing where he came as a child to watch training camp. The Texans players will also take part in the tradition of riding kids bikes to practice. Just another classy move by the Packers and their fans to share the love and invite the Texans to join in this time honored tradition.

    #WelcomeToTitleTownTexans!

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  4. He’d be doing himself and mankind a service if he would further emulate Rodgers’ humbleness and natural leadership skills.

  5. h0metownzero says:
    August 3, 2019 at 10:05 am
    I think Aaron his responsibility as the ultimate role model for the next generation of great QB’s very seriously.
    ———————————

    Sure. The kiddos can learn how to role their eyes at their head coach when he sends in a play they don’t like.

  6. flviking says:
    August 3, 2019 at 8:32 am
    Did he watch the part where Anthony Barr gently knocked aaron to the ground?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Every player on every team was required to watch it. It was part of their introduction to new rules and enforcement. It’s called The Barr Rule, which was long overdue.

    Watch, Barr will be required to earn his keep conventionally this year, instead of relying on late hits and playing past the whistle. He already can’t drop into pass coverage effectively……that’s a given. He won’t be on the roster next year.

  7. J.J. Watt has weighed in:

    “For me to be able to go up there and for them to let us ride the bikes. Literally live a dream that I had as kid. …I don’t have a ton of emotional moments in my career, that’s going to be a emotional one.”

    #OnWisconsin!👐

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  8. stellarperformance says:
    August 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

    It’s called The Barr Rule
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    Really? Because everyone outside of Wisconsin calls it the Rodgers rule. Good luck with that.

  9. So Deshaun Watson will now undermind/ignore his coaches and throw his teammates under the bus?
    I hope Deshaun learned to change his game as he gets older so he is not injured all the time

  10. What a great story. Inspiring really.
    It’s great to see how cylindrical the game really is, the way the older veterans always model for the younger ones.
    It’s something that’s been going on for generations, and perhaps there will come a day when Watson’s game film will be studied and emulated by a kid who’s just learning the game today. I love this game.

    I’m personally looking forward to next week’s practices and game, welcoming J.J. Watt back home, as well as the rest of the Texans to Titletown.
    It’s going to be a fun couple of days.

  11. stellarperformance says:
    August 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Watch, Barr will be required to earn his keep conventionally this year, instead of relying on late hits and playing past the whistle. He already can’t drop into pass coverage effectively……that’s a given. He won’t be on the roster next year.
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    First off no one except you calls it the Barr rule. Second off I’d love to take the wager that “he” wont even be on the roster next year if you are referring to Barr.

  12. Black Talon says:
    August 3, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    It’s great to see how cylindrical the game really is,

    ++++

    You may have eaten some mushrooms…..or, its cyclical.

  13. RMoss84HOF says:
    August 3, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Second off I’d love to take the wager that “he” wont even be on the roster next year if you are referring to Barr.

    +++++

    I will also take that wager. Heck Barr can play the next two seasons, get released, and still cost 7.8 million in dead cap money in 2021.

    So they won’t cut him even then, even as his suspect coverage ability becomes downright unplayable pushing 30. Good times.

  14. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 3, 2019 at 11:52 am
    Really? Because everyone outside of Wisconsin calls it the Rodgers rule. Good luck with that.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I’m glad you think so. Now, the next time you visit the great State of Wisconsin, you should know what to call it.

    Don’t forget it.

  15. stexan says:
    August 3, 2019 at 9:20 pm
    Watson “I’m excited to see him work; see how hangs with all the hot babes. Now that’s a real life lesson”.
    —————
    Kevin is a dude.

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