The quarterback position in the National Football League (NFL) has been redefined by several players over the past few years.
Originally a tall, strong-armed, accurate pocket passer was the ideal candidate for the game's most important position; with players such as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, and many more fitting that mold. As the game has evolved and more elite athletes have presented themselves to the game, however, the quarterback position has become so much more. Quarterbacks like Mike Vick, Robert Griffin III (RG3), Russell Wilson, Collin Kaepernick, and more have added a new attribute to scouts' check lists - speed.
Whether it's in college or NFL football, quarterbacks have become a lot more mobile over the past few years and have given defenses a new downfield threat to defend on a play-by-play basis. While today some of the best mobile quarterbacks in the NFL are Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and a few more, a new young mobile quarterback is getting in on the action - Deshaun Watson.
Watson was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans earlier this year, and has relieved original starting quarterback Tom Savage of his duties as he is able to bring a whole lot more to the table in terms of on field play.
The rookie go this first bit of playing time in Week One against the Jacksonville Jaguars, after the team was dug into a deep hole and head coach Bill O'Brien was forced to make a change. Watson showed extreme promise in the little play time he received, which earned him the starting nod against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Two.
Watson led the Texans to a victory in his first career start, which included an amazing 49 yard touchdown run in which Watson absolutely scorched the Cincinnati defense. He'd follow that performance up with another great game in Week Three against the defending SuperBowl Champion New England Patriots.
For a rookie quarterback to go into New England and play against future Hall Of Famers in quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick is a daunting task for a 22-year-old rookie, but Watson showed great poise and leadership in the shoot-out. In the end, however, Brady's greatness shone through as he led his team to a three point win.
Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins recently spoke to media to discuss Watson's great play thus far as a starter, and compared him to quarterback legend Mike Vick, who was the first quarterback to really change the way the position is played (quotes via NFL.com):
"I saw him do it in college, but this is the NFL," Hopkins told the Houston Chronicle. "So, of course I'm impressed. I haven't seen a quarterback do that in a long time besides Michael Vick. Of course, everybody in this locker room is impressed."
He added: "A lot of improvement. You guys seen last week's game. It speaks for itself what he does out there on the field."
What are your thoughts on Hopkins comparing Watson to Vick? Does the comparison make sense? When it's all said who will have had the better career - Watson or Vick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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