The Houston Texans had a semi-successful season in 2018 but it ended in disappointing fashion. The Texans finished the season with a record of 11-5 and made the playoffs as the third seed in the AFC.
Unfortunately, the Texans came across the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round and they were defeated. It’s terrible to lose at any point in the playoffs but it’s even worse to lose early to a divisional rival.
Despite the early elimination from the playoffs, the Texans still had a ton of positives throughout the season. One of those was the play of Deshaun Watson at quarterback.
Thankfully, Watson was able to remain healthy for the majority of 2018. He started in all 16 games but had some minor injuries that hindered him somewhat.
In 2018, Watson threw for 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. His completion percentage of 68.3% was also pretty impressive.
The Clemson product will want to improve upon his 2018 season by continuing from where he left off in 2019. Here are three way-too-early bold predictions for the Texans’ franchise quarterback.
3. 35+ Touchdown Passes
Watson is heading into his third season in the NFL and he has shown he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. His rookie season in 2017 was cut short due to injury but he was on his way to having a historic rookie season.
Through six games in 2017 (before he got hurt), Watson had 19 passing touchdowns and 1,699 yards. Watson didn’t exactly light it up in 2018 but he still had a good sophomore season in the NFL.
In 2018, Houston’s signal-caller threw for 26 passing touchdowns. That number will increase in 2019 as Watson continues to improve as a quarterback and a player.
Watson will sling the ball around throughout the season to the tune of 35 or more touchdowns to guys like DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
2. 4,800+ Passing Yards
The Texans’ franchise quarterback was on his way to possibly eclipse the 4,500-yard mark in his rookie season in 2017. Unfortunately, Watson tore his ACL during a weekday practice for the Texans.
He threw for 1,699 yards in 2017 but that came in just six games. So, if you calculate it he was on pace to throw for 4,530 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions in his rookie year.
That’s insanely impressive for a 22-year old in his first season experiencing NFL defenses. Watson impressed in 2018 as he threw for 4,165 yards (11th in the NFL).
Watson gets another offseason to improve his game and will throw for more than 5,000 yards in 2019.
Only three quarterbacks surpassed 4,800 passing yards in 2018 (Ben Roethlisberger, Patrick Mahomes, and Matt Ryan).
1. 70% or Higher Completion Percentage
Coming into 2018, one of the questions surrounding Watson was his accuracy. In 2017, Watson completed just 61.8% of his passes attempted (20th in the NFL).
Watson knew he had to work on his accuracy during the offseason and it showed in 2018. The Texans’ quarterback jumped all the way up to a 68.3 completion percentage.
The 68.3 completion percentage ranked seventh in the NFL but he was tied with Phillip Rivers. Not a bad quarterback to be tied with in any stat—unless it is interceptions.
Watson will prove people who doubt his accuracy wrong by completing over 70% of his passes in 2019.
It also helps to have one of the best receivers in the NFL in Hopkins to throw to.