The Houston Texans knew they had something special with Deshaun Watson when they traded up in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to select him, but they had no idea he'd be performing as well has he has thus far.
Watson is a former College National Championship winner who led the Clemson Tigers to a miraculous win over a seemingly invincible Alabama team fronted by legendary coach Nick Saban. While Watson wasn't named the starting quarterback for the Texans in preseason, he got his call up to start when he replaced Tom Savage in Week One of the NFL season when the Texans were getting trounced by division rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watson showed great promise in relieving Savage which earned him the start in Week Two against the Bengals.
The Clemson product would lead the Texans to their first win of the season over the Bengals, showing off his amazing running ability in addition to showing extreme poise when under dares. His Week Three match-up against the defending SuperBowl Champion New England Patriots would be undoubtably the biggest test of his young career.
Watson put on an amazing performance in Gillette Stadium throwing for over 300 yards after going 22-of-33 with two touchdowns and two interceptions (the last coming on a Hail Mary on the final play of the game). Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler had this to say about Watson's amazing performance (quotes via NFL.com):
"He's a handful," Patriots corner Malcolm Butler said afterward, via transcripts distributed by the team. "[He was] running around, people diving at him, missing him. That's a great guy. That's an upcoming Cam Newton.
"His leadership," Butler said of what impressed him most of Watson. "You see him leading his offensive line, leading some of the veteran players, just keeping his composure, playing the game and not letting anything get too big for him."
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien also raved about his rookie quarterback's performance:
"He's an exciting player," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a player that never says die. You're always in the game with him. He can make plays on his own. Like all rookies, he has a long way to go but he's shown up pretty well the first two starts.
"I thought Deshaun played his heart out. He's a sharp kid. He's a fun guy to coach. He gets better every day. He's a special kid."
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