3. The health of Deshaun Watson
It isn’t surprising that second-year starting quarterback Deshaun Watson is playing at a high level, as that is expected of the past national champion quarterback, but the surprise about Watson is the fact he’s stayed on the field all season with his style of play.
Remember, Watson was injured last season with a torn ACL, the second time he’s suffered that type of injury playing high level football. But after recovering all offseason, Watson returned this season and hasn’t changed his style of play, which is also very surprising.
Watson — who’s battled chest injuries this season — has shown he’s still going to run hard with the football, take a big hit and do whatever it takes to gain needed yards. Watson also has been sacked 30 times in nine games, as the Texans offensive line has been off their game this season.
The ability Watson has to not only take a hit, but how he gets up, plays with pain and is a success at such a high level in the NFL is surprising, as he’s not missed any action this season.
Watson is a true leader for the Texans, and he’s only going to get better the more he plays and the longer his career goes, which won’t be a surprise.