The 2018 Sports Illustrated NFL Preview edition is set to be released and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is front and center.
One of the best issues of Sports Illustrated each year is their NFL Preview issue because that means the pro football season is very close by. This year, one of the SI covers for the preview issue of the 2018 NFL season belongs to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and if you look closely in the background, defensive end J.J. Watt is on the cover as well.
In the seven games he played last season under center for the Texans, Watson continued from where he left off in college at Clemson by showcasing his skills as one of the better players in the league. Watson missed most of the season in ’17 with a ACL injury, but since then he’s healed up and is ready to begin the ’18 season as the Texans top choice at quarterback.
In the Sports Illustrated article, Greg Bishop of The MMQB wrote this of Watson and and quoted a Watson story about the injury last season:
"“Before the most recent surgery, a week after his fall, Watson joked to then Texans GM Rick Smith that he hoped history would repeat itself. He had, after all, gone 28–2 at Clemson after his return from shredding the ACL in his left knee, twice reaching the national championship game.”"
Watson was on a role before being injured last season in a game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. In that game he passed for over 400 yards , completed 63 percent of his passes, plus threw for four touchdowns and three interceptions in what became a 41-38 loss.
Houston won just one more game in ’17 without Watson, showing just how exceptional of of player he is for the Texans.
Making the cover of SI in just his second season with the Texans shows how great of a player Watson is to not just the Texans, but for the entire NFL. If he can stay healthy and be on the field all season, the Texans will be a dangerous team in the AFC South.