Texans QB Deshaun Watson working harder and longer to fix mistakes
But after the defeat, Watson was back on the field at NRG Stadium four hours later to get in some extra work with his personal quarterback coach, via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle.
“He cares,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said, per Wilson. “He cares deeply about trying to help us win. He cares deeply about winning. That’s who he is. We’ve got a lot of guys like that.”
On the season overall, Watson has thrown for 938 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception while completing 65.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 99.9.
Once again, his offensive line is doing a poor job of protecting him, as Watson has been sacked 18 times and was sacked six times during the loss to the Panthers.
Watson is on pace to be sacked 72 times on the year, which would shatter his NFL-leading 62 sacks from last season.
The Texans tried to invest in the offensive line this offseason, including a blockbuster trade to acquire tackle Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins just before the season began, but it has not paid off thus far.
Watson is now in his third season with the club and is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine picks en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Houston has gotten off to a 2-2 start this year and will host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.