Deshaun Watson on in the grasp call: Refs made it, we have to live with it

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The NFL sent a reminder to teams and players about the penalties for criticizing officials recently and they fined a handful of players for doing so last week.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had an opportunity to test the league’s disciplinarians this week, but passed on it. Watson was ruled to be in the grasp of Colts defenders on a play that initially appeared to be a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. They kicked a field goal instead of taking a 10-7 lead in the first half.

Watson was asked about the play after the game and left little doubt that he disagreed with it while avoiding any incendiary language about the call.

“I went back and forth with the ref. He said I was down,” Watson said at his postgame press conference. “I don’t . . . If you watch the tape of all the plays I extend and make in the red zone . . . He said he was trying to protect my health. It goes back and forth, but that’s the call he made. We have to live with it.”

Watson said the call made a “big difference” on a day when the Texans would ultimately lose 30-23 to their AFC South rivals.

12 responses to “Deshaun Watson on in the grasp call: Refs made it, we have to live with it

  1. It’s extremely unfortunate for the play, but as much criticism as the officials get on this, when a QB gets grabbed, held up, then gets his legs awkwardly bent as the whistle isn’t blown, they would get way more criticism for causing a star QB’s injury.

  2. tylawspick6 says:
    October 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    they don’t really call this anymore..
    They should. With all the ticky-tack BS that should never warrant a flag getting routinely called in the name of QB safety, in the grasp should be called whenever the QB is held. It doesn’t matter if he can still throw or kinda hop and drag the defender. He cannot adequately brace for a hit and is a sitting duck.

  3. Watson got stood up and still got blasted. Call claims it’s about protection. NFL officiating is a joke.

  4. DeeShawn is fading fast. Once the darling of the NFL in 2019, this guy is so ineffective that the team needs to look at Colon Krappernick.

  5. Texans’ defense did a good job once the refs stopped calling BS penalties and that “in the grasp” touchdown negating penalty was laughable. All that and still only a one touchdown loss.

  6. Right or wrong call, Watson was in the grasp (twice) and it sure looked like his knee hit the ground. Refs are just trying to protect these QB’s. Not saying the refs are good at their jobs by any means, but I can see where they were coming from (for once)

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