Ater a shaky start to his career, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has quickly turned it around and proven to be the quarterback of the future for the Houston Texans. Through his first three starts, Watson is 2-1 and has taken the league by storm.
Against the Jaguars and Bengals, Watson was 27-47 passing for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing seven times for 83 yards and one rushing touchdown. Unfortunately he was also sacked seven times behind a line that is full of holes. Watson averaged 4.82 yards per attempt, not exactly up to NFL standards. There was no doubt that Watson was a rookie though his first two starts.
There were questions about Deshaun Watson after his first two starts.
Is he ready?
Can his style translate to the NFL?
When will he make an impact?
Any and all questions about Deshaun Watson were put to bed following his last two starts.
The Texans faced the Patriots and Titans the last two weeks and Watson did not disappoint. Completing 47 of 67 passes for 584 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for 65 yards and one touchdown. Watson was moved around while passing to avoid the lackluster offensive line play. As a result Watson was only sacked three times in the past two games compared to the seven earlier in the season.
Deshaun Watson’s average yards per attempt nearly doubled over the past two games, increasing from 4.82 to 8.72. Watson has scored seven total touchdowns over the past two games compared to only two in his first two games. This improvement has been instrumental in Houston’s suddenly lethal offense. Downfield passing is now more frequent and has allowed the Texans offense more variety which has resulted in more touchdowns.
Watson has relied on throwing to his best receiving target DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins has caught 30 passes from Watson for 304 yards and two touchdowns. The high volume of targets to Hopkins is a result of the lack of receiving targets Houston has had so far this season. Jaelen Strong is no longer with the team, Will Fuller just made his season debut last week and C.J. Fiedorowicz is on injured reserve. Eventually Watson will incorporate other receivers more frequently, but for the time being Hopkins is his go-to receiver.
The playmaking ability that was on display during his time at Clemson has made it’s way to the NFL. Watson is more than capable of running an NFL offense, that much is clear. There is no longer a debate on whether or not Watson can be an NFL quarterback. Houston finally has their quarterback and is ready to make a deep playoff run.