The Houston Texans certainly had some great news to share in regard to their franchise quarterback’s progression and recovery from the ACL injury that he sustained back in the 2017 season. How are things going with Deshaun Watson? Let’s take a look.
The Houston Texans had the worst luck in franchise history with the immense amount of injuries that they encountered throughout the 2017 season. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. It started with Whitney Mercilus, then J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson, Christian Covington and I could go on and on.
What was distinctive was that the Houston Texans set an NFL record for the amount of players that were used to complete the season. Just how many players were used? A whopping 77 of them. It’s quite understandable — the team was swapping out undrafted free agents as well as guys off the street as if they were hot commodities when in all reality, they did very little to improve our performance when key guys went down for the season.
And thus precedes the team’s 4-12 record…
But there is even more positive news coming out of Houston Texans headquarters on Kirby Drive. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Watson could be ready to start the season earlier than we think:
This has been a common phrase that we’ve seen to hear from Bill O’Brien more often than not.
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Whether it was in regard to his natural playmaking ability, his innate desire to grasp the offense or in this case, his recovery of his ACL injury.
We’ve seen his videos on Instagram working out with Watt as well as he hot-stepping in Europe to intensify the awareness of his brand. He recently was filmed running a treadmill for the first time about a month ago.
A lot of estimates had Watson not ready until the start of training camp but from what we’re seeing here, he could be out there for OTAs. It, of course, won’t in full contact as they want to still bring him along slowly but at least it’s good to hear that things are ahead of schedule.
Although the final depiction of the Houston Texans’ offense remains murky at the moment with some holes to fill and the NFL Draft not yet complete, with Watson’s presence it’s expected to be one of the league’s most robust. I’d say Top 5 even.
Deshaun is catalyst for all of that and he must not be rushed back on the field to preserve his long-term health. I honestly can’t wait for the seasonal start and it’s going to be great to have DW4 back.
Watson passed for 1,699 yards while throwing 19 touchdowns to eight interceptions with a completion percentage of 61.8 through seven games — six starts — in 2017.
I have those aforementioned stats memorized but I thought you’d like to know an era of greatness has just begun. I rest my case.