Deshaun Watson’s stock is clearly rising with the Houston Texans.
The former Clemson star, who stepped in as the Texans’ starter in Week 2, has shown many of the tendencies that saw him win a national championship with the Tigers in 2016. Thus far in 2017, he has thrown for 12 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards while being picked off just four times. Despite a 49-yard touchdown run against the Bengals a few weeks ago, he hasn’t had many attempts on the ground, with his rushing ability a main draw in college.
Watson’s success hasn’t surprised his former college coach. During his weekly radio show on Monday, Dabo Swinney praised the rookie, mentioning that the same intangibles and work ethic Watson has put on display in the NFL manifested themselves in college.
He’s an awesome player….He’s just a special person. He’s brilliant. He’s incredibly committed…I saw the end of the game and that’s all you need to know about the guy. The game is over and he’s fighting to the last second.
That’s just how he’s wired. You know what? That’s how Michael Jordan’s wired. That’s how Tom Brady’s wired. That’s how Joe Montana and Jerry Rice were wired. All those elite, elite players have that gene. He’s just a great competitor.
Whether Watson will reach the heights that Brady and Montana reached remains to be seen, but it cannot be argued that he is off to a great start in just a handful of games.
The Texans (2-3) host the Browns on Sunday.
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