Deshaun Watson not bothered by joint practice hit that knocked him down

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers emerged from two days of joint practices with the Texans by speaking out against the practice of joint practices. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has even more reason to not like practicing against anyone other than his own teammates.

The Packers’ defense knocked Watson down at one point during Tuesday’s joint practice. After the joint practice, Watson was asked whether he was bothered by the violation of the ubiquitous red-jersey rule.

“No,” Watson told reporters. “I was not.”

Coach Bill O’Brien likewise seemed to shrug at the violation of football-practice etiquette.

“He’s a tough kid,” O’Brien told reporters when asked whether he held his breath after Watson hit the deck. “He’s a tough guy. He bounced right back up. He’s fine.”

He bounced right back up that time, but the reason for protecting quarterbacks from practice contact is that it only takes on fluke hit to inflict serious injury. And it’s far easier to enforce that rule against your own players than against the players of a team you don’t coach.

Joint practices include inherently reduced accountability. They include increased possibility of fisticuffs. And Rodgers is absolutely right to not like them, even if saying so could make some continue to question whether he’s on the same page with the man who arranged them on behalf of the Packers.

13 responses to “Deshaun Watson not bothered by joint practice hit that knocked him down

  1. What happened to “the audible thing” that was a huge “conflict” and “hovering” over this team?

    If you watch Aaron’s comments he jokes about not doing it again for 14 years. Then gets more serious about the fact that he didn’t like that Trevor Davis got hurt doing a full kickoff drill in practice. He didn’t see the need for it in practice. I actually disagree with Aaron on the need for practicing kickoff returns in practice. Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Mennenga would be the one that runs that part of practice.

    Za’Darius Smith accidently, lightly, falling into DeShaun Watson is very different from what happened on Monday, but please enjoy trying to make it equal.

  2. They hit my starting QB in a practice? If I was on the Texans then there would be retaliation on Rodgers. Texans are soft

  3. Longtimepackerfan says:
    August 7, 2019 at 9:48 am
    Who fired the first shot in these practices? Check out hits by a guy named Lonnie Johnson a few days ago. You reap what you sow.

    Backups getting into the mix, a bit is different than taking down a franchise QB wearing a red no contact jersey.

  4. Texan hits a rookie tight end during no-contact drill: OUTRAGE from Rodgers and Packer fans.

    Packer knocks down star quarterback during no-contact drill: It’s fine.

  5. Texan hits a rookie tight end during no-contact drill: OUTRAGE from Rodgers and Packer fans.

    Packer knocks down star quarterback during no-contact drill: It’s fine.
    ——
    Texans rookie hit our tight end so hard his helmet popped off. Smith was pushed into Watson from behind by Tytus Howard…it was incidental, wasn’t even a hit, and both teams saw it. You should gather facts before posting so you don’t sound like just another bitter purple.

  6. There is inherent risk in playing football. I can’t say if the benefits of joint practices outweigh the risks. Even individual players are probably concerned with their own safety and may not see the big picture. But the coaches should. They seem to think the benefits are worth it. We all have the right to our opinion, but they are in the best position to make the call.

  7. Aaron showed no class with his comments. Joint practices aren’t for the skill players, they are for the linemen and other strength positions. O Line needs to practice at full speed against different people to get better. Deshaun accepted the hit with grace understanding that it is part of the risk to get his line better. Rogers whined.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 7, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Za’Darius Smith accidently, lightly, falling into DeShaun Watson is very different from what happened on Monday, but please enjoy trying to make it equal

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    Anthony Barr lightly, falling into Rodgers resulted in pack fan getting his undies in a bundle. poor poor green and yellows.

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