Houston Texans continue to see promising progress from their franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson.
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has been bullish of Deshaun Watson’s progression in his third season in the NFL. Watson is entering his first season healthy as the starter after beginning his rookie career projected as the back up for former Texans quarterback, Tom Savage. He showed glimpses of his talent in his rookie season as the Texans’ signal caller.
Entering his third season, Watson will be able to participate in all of Texans offseason activities as the starter after spending his second offseason in the NFL rehabbing from a torn ACL that ended his rookie season prematurely. O’Brien was vocal of Watson’s improvement in his press conference after Texans’ OTA’s.
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“I’ll tell you, I think I give a lot of credit this offseason to Deshaun. He’s done an excellent job of improving the things that we’ve asked him to improve. His grasp of our offense is light years ahead of where it was, obviously, when he first got here, but I would say even last year. He’s been able to participate in OTAs, which is huge. Then I would say that most of his meetings during this nine-week span were with Tim Kelly and Carl Smith. Those guys did a great job. They were coaching it up. They were really in a good, positive communication with Deshaun the whole nine weeks. So, I think we’ve really gotten better there and I’m excited about where he’s at right now.”
Texans expectations for Watson are quite high after he was able to top his rookie season by improving his completion rate percentage while maintaining his high level of production within Texans’ offense.
Watson completed 345 of the 505 passes attempted for 26 touchdowns to only nine interceptions, 4,165 passing yards, and a 68.3 completion rate. Texans have continued to work with Watson and given him more personnel to work with on and off the field.
Texans promoted Tim Kelly to offensive coordinator and hired Carl Smith as their quarterbacks’ coach after he spent the last eight years working with the Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks and grooming Super Bowl XLVIII champion, Russell Wilson.