DeAndre Hopkins: Deshaun Watson reminds me of Michael Vick
Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is comparing Deshaun Watson to arguably the greatest duel threat quarterback ever.
While talking to the media on Thursday, Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins admitted that he’s been very impressed with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson so far this season.
What’s really impressed Hopkins is how much of a duel threat Watson is as an NFL quarterback.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"“I saw him do it in college, but this is the NFL,” said Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of Watson, a fellow Clemson football alum. “So, of course I’m impressed. I haven’t seen a quarterback do that in a long time besides Michael Vick. Of course, everybody in this locker room is impressed.”"
Hopkins is also impressed with how quickly Watson has improved on a week-to-week basis.
"“A lot of improvement,” Hopkins said. “You guys seen last week’s game. It speaks for itself what he does out there on the field.”"
Watson has rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries during the two and a half games that he’s played this season. He also has one rushing touchdown.
I wouldn’t expect Watson to go off in a game and rush for over 100 yard due to the fact that he’s a pass first quarterback. He doesn’t look to run first like Vick did during his prime.
As a passer, Watson is completing over 61 percent of his passes. So opposing defense have to respect him as a passer. This makes Watson even more dangerous.
During Vick’s career, he wasn’t the most accurate passer, so opposing teams didn’t respect him as a passer as much as you might expect. He was also quicker to leave the pocket and take off down the field.
Whereas Watson will stay in the pocket as it closes down and make the tough throws. That’s how you know he’s thinking about throwing the football first, rather than running down field.
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Comment below, will Watson be a better quarterback than Vick was when his NFL career is all said and done?