Texans QB Deshaun Watson says he’s improved decision-making
Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans had an undeniably successful season in 2019, but it ended in very disappointing fashion. The Texans won the AFC South but got blown out at home in the first round of the playoffs by their division rival Indianapolis Colts.
Watson struggled in the game, which again revived criticism about him and his decision-making. Watson is an electric playmaker but has also forced throws and ran into sacks on occasion. Heading into 2019, he’s making being more careful a priority.
“I feel like I’m ahead of where I was, of course, last year,” Watson said to assembled media after a recent minicamp practice, per Mark Lane of the Texans Wire. “Just decision making, operation of the offense, being able to do things that I couldn’t do a year before and definitely my rookie year.”
Watson missed most of his rookie year and the following offseason due to an ACL tear, so he hasn’t had as much time to develop as people might think. His rookie year he was the backup in training camp, so this will be his first full offseason as an NFL starter.
That’s huge, and it should be very beneficial to the Clemson product. Watson is focused on taking on a more vocal role, also saying the following.
“Being able to take control and take leadership of this offense and be able to get the young guys lined up, make sure the protection is right, make sure the ball is getting placed in the right direction or where the ball needs to be versus this coverage.”
Overall, things seem to be going pretty smoothly.
“It’s been a great camp, and we’re just trying to continue to improve and make this offense go,” he added.
This is a pivotal season for the Texans and Watson, as head coach Bill O’Brien could be on the hot seat if the team doesn’t deliver.