Houston Texans News: Deshaun Watson named Top 5 quarterback

Deshaun Watson Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Deshaun Watson Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

One preseason list has Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans ranked as a Top 5 quarterback.

When fans of the Houston Texans think of quarterback Deshaun Watson and what he brings to the franchise each and every season, there is no doubt he’s a top-level player in the NFL. When those who like fantasy football think of Deshaun Watson, there are very few players who rank ahead of him each week they build or set their lineups.

One NFL analyst who believes in Deshaun Watson and made some Houston Texans news this past week is Chris Simms of Pro Football Talk, as the for NFL quarterback ranked the NFL quarterbacks for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.

Simms is never short of an opinion, and he seems to tell exactly what he’s feeling, so his list of quarterbacks doesn’t feel like one where he’s just trying to make some noise for ratings.

His list has Watson of the Houston Texans ranked fourth overall out of the 40 quarterbacks he listed. In the article posted on Yahoo! Sports, Watson was fourth, and those ahead of him were all Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, as Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was third and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was second.

The top-ranked quarterback was Patrick Mahomes of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, so it is tough not to be excited to see where Deshaun Watson is ranked on this list. By the way, the fifth-ranked quarterback was reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens.

A lot of eyes are going to be on Watson this NFL season, as the Houston Texans news to come from this franchise has been memorable to say the least this offseason. Watson was not happy where the Texans traded his best wide receiver — DeAndre Hopkins — to the Arizona Cardinals, breaking up one of the best duos in all of the NFL.

Now Watson does have some talented players on the roster like Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, and though they will have success, a player like Hopkins doesn’t come around all too often for an NFL franchise.

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That said, let’s talk more about Watson. Watson deserves to be ranked where he is on the Chris Simms list of quarterbacks because nobody wants to remember what things were like the season before Watson arrived in Houston when it came to the play of the quarterbacks. None of them played at the level that Watson does.

The Houston Texans without Deshaun Watson aren’t a very good offense, but with him and he’s the leader they need, must have and must keep for the long term for this franchise to have more success.

Watson being ranked fourth shows just how much he’s already shown since joining the NFL, and more so than that, his numbers stand out as well with 38 regular-season games played and a 24-13 overall record as a starter (37 starts). Watson has collected 9,716 yards with 71 touchdown passes and just 20 career interceptions. He also has 217 career rushes for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns.

When the NFL season takes place, the very first game is scheduled to feature Watson vs. Mahomes as the Chiefs host the Texans. Last season, the Texans won in the regular season, while the Chiefs won in the playoffs.

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Watson is still proving doubters, but in the QB list by Chris Simms, he’s earned the respect deserved, and now in 2020, Deshaun Watson will prove just how good he can be.