Deshaun Watson named NFL Network’s 50th Best Player in the NFL

It’s always nice to see this, it’s as voted by his peers.

Deshaun Watson’s Knee Checks out

Deshaun Watson’s knee is doing just fine. That was the report from minicamp, when he was in pads for the first time since the injury last season that cut his record setting rookie season short.

“My knee feels [good and] comfortable,” Watson said. “[It was great] to be able to go out there and throw and do some things out there and get the timing down with the receivers. … Just to actually get back out here with the group, with the team, with the whole offense and being able to just get back to the basics of football and build that chemistry and just build that leadership and that trust within each other.”

Stay hot out there kid. Get feeling good, never suffer another injury in your long career. Sky is the limit.

And if you’re the Texans. Just put weapons around the kid, every signing, every pick. Build the O-line, protect the investment, and continue to put guys around him that he can make better. Draft playmakers!

Texans Sunday Links

I’m finally back from New Jersey. It feels good to be home from a long two-day trip. Up late at night and blogging about the Texans, just like I should be.

Couple of links:

  • Deshaun Watson will officially participate in mini-camp. [USA Today Texans Wire]
  • Adam Schein of NFL.com said that the Texans are going to make the playoffs. We wholeheartedly agree with this. [NFL.com]
  • I listened to Brady Quinn tonight talk about how an NFL play-caller can make or break a young QB’s career. It’s important to note that Bill O’Brien is the guy holding the keys to the Texans offense, and to read up on what O’Brien’s system is. [Houston Chronicle]
  • J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of the latest school shooting. [Pro Football Talk]
  • One of our favorite Watson games so far, against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Texans lost; but Watson just kept attacking and attacking. Look at these damn throws! [YouTube]

Aaron Rodgers has Praise For Deshaun Watson

I’m in New Jersey. I talked some Giants football today with my father in law and some of the residents where he lives. It’s nice being out here. Lots of football and fall memories from being here in Spring Lake.

It’s hard to believe Deshaun Watson and the Texans will be here in December. Aaron Rodgers had some high praise for Watson today.

“He did some amazing things,” Rodgers said via The Greenville News. “Obviously he’s extremely gifted athletically and can throw all over the field. That gives him a lot of different weapons to use in that offense.”

It’s nice to hear the present star of the position talk about the future at the position. I can’t wait for the season to start and to see if Watson avoids the sophomore slump.

Houston Texans Core

The Texans have a real athletic core. Here’s more than just their starters, but what I consider to be their building blocks.

Elite: Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercillus, Bernardrick McKinney

Good: Will Fuller, Lamar Miller, Braxton Miller, Stephen Anderson, Tyrann Mathieu, Shane Lechler

Passable: Andre Hal, Jonathan Joseph, Alfred Blue, Bruce Ellington

The offensive line is a real problem, according to some grades out there in advanced scouting. Actually, the entire roster seems to be problematic. The Texans have to acquire some draft capital or hit on some big time lottery tickets and improve the core.

Deshaun Watson Drafted by the Houston Texans

A look back – Deshaun Watson is drafted 7th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien recently stated how important it is to find the franchise QB at all costs:

I don’t think you can quantify how important it is,” he said. “It’s so important. That position on any team carries the dreams, the hopes, of the organization. When you have a guy who you feel can do those things, can be a great guy off the field for you, obviously be great on the field for you, has a passion for being a great teammate, trying to get better every single day, obviously has the talent to play at the highest level, that means a lot to your organization.”

“It’s the hardest position in football to evaluate,” he said. “Very, very difficult to evaluate. When you look at them in college, you’re not sure exactly what maybe their coach is telling them in that system. When you interview them, you’re trying to teach them some things that maybe you’ll do with them, see how they pick that up. You just have to do the best job you can of spending time with the person, with making sure that you know everything you can know about that person. And when you feel it in your gut, and your organization feels it, then you go ahead and make that pick. But it’s a very, very important position on any team in the NFL.”

Dabo Swinney is a coach I like very much. He warned teams heading into the draft that passing on Watson was like passing on Michael Jordan. I took the man at his word. I knew when I saw Watson beat the Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game, we were seeing something special.

The Browns passed on an all-time talent in Watson, and they’re left with Baker Mayfield and the rest of what they have. This season, on December 2nd in Houston; the Browns will take Mayfield to battle against the player they passed on in 2017.