Houston, we have a quarterback and his name is Deshaun Watson
HOUSTON – Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has taken the NFL by storm through the first six games of his NFL career.
With his emergence as the Texans starting quarterback, the city of Houston can relax knowing that they have what seems to be the makings of a franchise quarterback.
The Texans identity in the past has been found in their defense, as they had one of the top defenses in points allowed last season.
After recent injuries suffered by the Texans in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs (J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus both suffered season-ending injuries), the Texans have to rest on the shoulders of their new rookie quarterback.
With the dynamic play-making ability of Watson, the culture for the Texans has shifted to an offense being the strength of the team. Head coach Bill O'Brien hasn’t always had this level of play from previous quarterbacks as the Texans head coach.
Since O'Brien was hired as the coach of the Texans in 2014, the Texans have used nine different starting quarterbacks.
Watson became O'Brien's ninth quarterback after receiving the start during Week 2 against the Bengals.
The list of Texans quarterbacks before Deshaun includes Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallet, Case Keenum, Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.
All of these players have shown promise in their own right, but never were able to consistently perform at a high level. In the span of time from 2014-2017, the Texans were able to manage a 27-21 record with their heap of quarterbacks. However, the Texans have the benefit of playing in the AFC South in which a team can win games solely on the defense regardless of who is behind center.
Watson's energetic style of play has him breaking individual records as well as offensive records for the team.
Through six games, he leads the league in passing touchdowns and has the record for most rookie touchdowns through six games (15).
He also became the first rookie quarterback to throw three or more touchdowns in three consecutive games.
As an offense, Watson has lifted his team's level of play as the Texans broke their single-game scoring record by beating the Titans 57-14 in Week 4.
The Texans also set a franchise record with four straight games of scoring at least 30 or more points with Watson under center. This is a rarity as the Texans offense did not hit the 30-point mark one time in the 2016 season.
With O'Brien now calling the offensive plays, it has given the offense the liberty to open up the playbook for Watson's dynamic style of play.
Watson has the Texans currently sitting at 3-3 on the season and has lifted Houston to first place in the AFC South.
Watson has proven during his college career, and now in the NFL, that as the lights get brighter and the pressure is on, he has risen to the occasion.
The Texans are in good hands with the poised 22-year-old under center.
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