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QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 9-14-1995College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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Watson's recovery from ACL surgery is on track and he is not expected to start camp on the PUP list

Summary

An ACL tear in practice between Week 8 and 9 last season derailed what was looking like a rookie of the year and potential MVP season for Deshaun Watson. the first year star from Clemson was lighting up the league with 19 touchdown passes in his first six starts. He appeared to be comfortable in Bill O'Brien's revised spread offense which catered to the quarterback's strengths. Watson was able to confuse defenses with pre-snap movement in the backfield which created opportunities to run the ball or make quick throws to open receivers. Watson thrived on the ability to run the ball on designed plays. He is ahead of schedule to return and he claims he will not adjust his playing style post-injury. In a mid-April interview, he said, "My game's not changing. Whatever you [saw] last year is going to be the same, if not better. I've dealt with adversity before, had injuries before. I didn't let that slow me down. It just changed my attitude about the game. "A lot of people would think that I'd come back hesitant, but I'm going to make sure I come back more forceful and with a stronger and more intense attitude." He's been through this type of adversity before and came out with flying colors the following season. He tore his ACL as a freshman in college and went on to compete in the National Championship the following year. He is expected to participate in training camp, but he could see a reduced role in the preseason while he works his way back to game shape. Despite the injury recovery and uncertain level of return, Watson is expected to be drafted among the Top 5 quarterbacks in redraft leagues this season. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 5, 1, 2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 9, 10
Overall Redraft - 61, 33, 43, 49, 56, 57, 59
QB Dynasty - 4, 1, 1, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 9
Overall Dynasty - 50, 35, 40, 41, 44, 56, 62, 73

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2017 HOU 7 126 204 1699 19 8 36 269 2 1
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.2 309.0 494.0 * * * 72.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16.0 320.0 515.0 * * * 76.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 14.0 296.0 487.0 * * * 74.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 350.0 581.0 * * * 42.0 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 51
QB: 2

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2018 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2@ Tennessee Titans
3vs New York Giants
4@ Indianapolis Colts
5vs Dallas Cowboys
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7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8vs Miami Dolphins
9@ Denver Broncos
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