Houston Texans’ PFF grades from week 3


The Houston Texans played one heck of a game against the New England Patriots.

Pro Football Focus have released their grades from the Houston Texans’ week three loss to the New England Patriots.

The players that came away with the highest grades for the Texans are listed below.

Defensive lineman J.J. Watt (89.5)

Watt is clearly still a monster despite missing most of last season. It’s certainly a breathe of fresh air to see him back on the field dominating opposing offensive lineman like he did against the Patriots.

Safety Marcus Gilchrist (88.3)

Who would have though that Gilchrist would be such a valuable player. It feels like the Texans were just scrambling to find Quintin Demps’ replacement. GIlchrist has stepped in and played well.

Left tackle Chris Clark (86.0)

I’m sure left tackle Duane Brown wasn’t happy to see Clark play well against the Patriots because they didn’t miss him as he continue to hold out.

Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (81.2)

With Clowney dominating, it looks like the Texans’ defensive are back on track after their week one blunder.

Right tackle Geno Giacomini (80.9)

I would have never have thought that Giacomini would come in and help as a starter this season. Hopefully he can keep playing well going forward this season.

Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson received a grade of 74.5. Here’s what PFF wrote about him:

"Another enigma of a performance from Watson, who showed glimpses of brilliance but was again culpable for some of the pressure he brought upon himself. Watson was responsible for more pressure (1 sack, 2 hits, 2 hurries) than any of his individual offensive linemen were charged with but when he was under pressure he evaded it and kept plays alive superbly. Still far from polished but this was another huge step in the right direction from Watson and so very nearly a signature win early in his career. Watson complete 11/19 passes aimed 10+ yards downfield and is trending upwards with his performances very quickly."

It wasn’t a perfect game for Watson, but he played well enough for the Texans to win. He has what it takes to be great in the NFL. He just needs to continue to develop.

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins finished the game with seven catches for 76 yards. I really thought the Patriots would take him out of the game. But they weren’t able to.

Hopkins was given a grade of 79.3 by PFF. Here’s what they wrote:

"The Clemson connection between Hopkins and Watson will be crucial this season for the Texans. Both inside and outside of structure, the Texans’ duo was in sync this week with Watson hitting Hopkins on three intermediate passes after mostly finding Hopkins on short passes a week ago in Cincinnati. The rest of the offense showed up this week for Houston and if a big game from Watson and Hopkins sparks the Houston offense, they may just take off yet."

I have to imagine that Hopkins and Watson will only grow more comfortable with one another this season. That’s scary.

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