Deshaun Watson best option at quarterback for future of Houston Texans
By Joel Wagler
Why Deshaun Watson should be the quarterback of the future for the Houston Texans: The superstars
There are probably three quarterbacks out there who some general managers might see as better long-term future leaders of their teams.
The reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, is an incredible 19-3 as a starter for the Ravens. He proved he could pass the ball effectively last year, with 3,127 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and only six interceptions, while connecting on two-thirds of his passing attempts. Oh, and for good measure, he added over 1,200 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in 2019. Here lies the issue, however, with Jackson. He already has 21 career fumbles in his career, compared to just nine interceptions.
Also, in today’s NFL, just how long can a quarterback who runs as much as Jackson does, stay healthy? He is exposed to big hits more than any other quarterback in the league, and while he is exceptionally talented, that has to be worry over the long-term.
Russell Wilson also has to be considered in an exercise like this. Yes, he is closer to the end of his career at 31 than to the beginning. Still, there have been few quarterbacks more effective over the last eight seasons than Wilson. He has never missed a game, he has never thrown for less than 3,100 yards, and hasn’t thrown for 3,400 yards since he was a rookie. He has 227 touchdowns to only 68 interceptions and is 86-41-1 in his career. He also has plenty of playoff experience, going 9-6 in 15 postseason outings.
Lastly, the one quarterback just about every team would want in this scenario is Patrick Mahomes. In only two years as a starter, he has a league MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. He’s the same age as Watson but has shown to be slightly more talented. Like Watson, he does have one injury that caused him to miss games, but Mahomes didn’t lose much time and looks to be suffering no ill effects for last year’s knee dislocation.