Deshaun Watson’s work ethic fits right at home in Houston

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Deshaun Watson is a relentless and tireless worker.

Since the Houston Texans selected quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, there has been a lot of debate between who will start in Houston come week one.

After moving up 13 spots to select the former Clemson National Champion, many expected Watson to win the job outright.

The only man in Watson’s way is former fourth round pick, Tom Savage.

Savage has three years in Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien’s offense and has shown a lot of good things in OTA’s already this offseason. He has the arm talent to succeed and is a veteran.

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The notion that the Texans only need an average quarterback has also led to the calmness surrounding the position in Houston.

The Texans have come out and said Savage is their starter and have given him the first team reps this offseason.

With Savage going into the final year of his contract, why not give him the reigns and see what happens? That gives Watson time to work out the kinks.

Most rookie quarterbacks struggle immensely and the Texans can not afford to have rookie mistakes at the most important position in the NFL.

Watson is still working hard to win the starting job.

With all due respect, Watson does not care for your slander or lack of confidence in his abilities.

Watson is a winner. He knows it, and you know it. He has won at every level because he works and he grinds and strives to be great.

Don’t believe me? Believe his development during OTA’s.

John Harris of has released his own observations from OTA’s in a variety of ways.

In his first OTA edition Harris mentioned Watson’s struggles:

"Watson, as expected, was up and down throughout the day. It’s clear he’s still trying to think his way through the play call, the responsibilities and the execution. But, when it slows down for him, he’s going to be fun to watch."

Here’s one from Harris’ final observations:

"Watson appeared to be even more comfortable than he was the two previous practices we saw. He was decisive and threw the ball with some serious RPMs."

Harris continues in his series talking about how Watson has shut down the reports from the NFL Combine that he did not throw hard.

Harris mentioned throughout his piece that Watson has improved and even excelled against the vaunted Texans defense in certain scenarios.

Put yourself in No. 4’s shoes.

Imagine every day going out in, at best, low ninety degree weather and working. Imagine looking up over your offensive line and seeing the eyes of J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing staring back at you. Success rates would not be high, and most everybody’s spirits would be crushed by the heat of Houston and the heat of the defense.

Sure, many would be motivated by the fame and the money. Not Watson.

Many would just strive to get by. Not Watson.

I mean, the Texans don’t plan on using their first round pick this year anyway. There are plenty of excuses for Watson to just get by.

That just is not how Watson thinks. He is a driven young man. Driven by a past that includes tragedies.

First round pick, National Champion, and future of the franchise are all ways to describe Watson, but don’t. Describe him for who he is, a hard-working leader.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain was enthusiastic about the rookie quarterback’s work ethic:

The Texans fell in love with Watson for a lot of reasons, but his work ethic was definitely a tipping point.

The franchise has often drafted players with high work ethics such as Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Kevin Johnson, and other players who were raved and regarded as “tireless workers.”

It is nice to see the future franchise quarterback has adapted that Texan mentality as well.