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QB Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans

6-2, 221Born: 9-14-1995College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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17 vs JAX 77 25 35 234 0 0 13 66 1 0 24.3
18 vs IND 71 29 49 235 1 1 8 76 0 0 22.35

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Deshaun Watson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 18 vs IND (29 / 49 / 235 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 76 / 0 rush)

Deshaun Watson had two poor regular season games and in his first playoff appearance his third arrived at the worst time. Only completing 59.2% of his passes, Watson was wildly inaccurate with high and low passed to his targets. It was unlike him and it put the Texans in a hole with how poor he was throwing the football. Watson did run for 76 yards on their designed read option game but it was not enough. Watson threw a costly interception on a key 4th-down play in the middle of the field into double coverage despite having other targets open. He missed DeAndre Hopkins wide open in the end zone with a pass that was no where close and for the most part, Watson was protected well all game. He did have a bright spot hitting Keke Coutee on a 6-yard touchdown pass late in the 4th quarter. He was not helped out with rookie Vyncint Smith not hauling in a deep ball to open the game where he dropped it. It is a game that Watson would soon like to forget but it was an ugly day for the talented young quarterback.

2018 Week 17 vs JAX (25 / 35 / 234 / 0 / 0 pass, 13 / 66 / 1 rush)

It was a slow day for Deshaun Watson in the second half and it appeared that the Texans were trying to work on the entire playbook heading into the playoffs. Watson was used to throw the football and more importantly on the ground with designed and read runs. Watson ran the ball 13 times for 66 yards and he had a nice run in the red zone with a two options either to shovel it or pitch it but decided to keep it for a 5-yard touchdown run. Watson also had a 1-yard touchdown run overturned by review marking him down just short of the goal line. Watson also continued his efficient ways of passing completing 71.4% of his passes and nearly half of his completions went to DeAndre Hopkins. His best throw came on a 43-yard go route ball to Hopkins over Jalen Ramsey to get them into the red zone. Watson was getting comfortable with his new look receiving corps with Vyncint Smith who has 28 yards, DeAndre Carter who had 33 yards and Steven Mitchell Jr. who had a key pass interference call to set up a field goal early in the game. Watson did majority of his work under 9 yards but he continued to work the Jaguars defense.

2018 Week 16 vs PHI (29 / 40 / 339 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 49 / 2 rush)

Efficient. That was Deshaun Watson's day against the Philadelphia Eagles throwing for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Watson continues to play at a high level and did a better job of getting the ball out of his hands but still took four sacks during the game. Watson was able to keep the Texans in the game and put up four total touchdowns, two in the air and two on the ground. His two rushing touchdowns were designed runs that saw him on both opportunities get to the outside around the left end. Watson had rushing touchdowns of 5 and 6 yards. AS for throwing, Watson was accurate and precise with his throws and when he needed to move the sticks he went to DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins caught 9 passes for 104 yards and just kept going to the well to move the sticks. Watson's two touchdown passes came to unlikely targets in RB D'Onta Foreman and WR Vyncint Smith. On a broken play rolling to the right, Watson was able to find Foreman all by himself in the middle of the field for a 20-yard touchdown reception. His best ball came late 4th quarter on a deep ball to Smith for a 35-yard touchdown reception where he dropped it right over the defensive back in coverage. Watson hit 8 different targets on the day through the air.

2018 Week 15 vs NYJ (22 / 28 / 294 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)

The efficiency of Deshaun Watson should not be looked over after completing 78.6% of his passes against the New York Jets. His completion percentage continues to climb and this week he focused on his wide receiver group. Watson was dialed in on his deep throws connecting with DeAdnre Hopkins for 27 and 45 yards and Demaryius Thomas for 20. Hopkins was the beneficiary of Watson with him dialing in and giving him chances to make plays. On his 45-yard bomb to Hopkins, Watson waited for him to split the safeties and then it was Hopkins who did the rest. In the 4th quarter alone, Watson was 9 of 10 for 90 yards and he threw the game winning touchdown to Hopkins on a jump ball fade that saw Hopkins go over the defensive back to make another impressive highlight reel catch. Watson also hit wide receiver DeAndre Carter beating a blitz from the Jets that turned into a 50-yard catch and run. Watson has improved as a passer but he is still leaving yards on the field when he is pressured from defensive backs blitzing him. Watson was also the Texans leading rusher with 26 yards and had the longest run of the game with a 24-yard designed run around the right side.

2018 Week 14 vs IND (27 / 38 / 267 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 35 / 0 rush)

The big takeaway for Deshaun Watson was him missing two key touchdown throws to both Demaryius Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins. Watson overcooked both throws the receivers who had clear separation on the defenders in coverage, it proved to be the difference in the game on the scoreboard. Watson continues to complete passes at a high clip and he is starting to depend on his tight end group more over the recent weeks and against the Colts he was 11 of 11 for 151 yards. Watson had more 20+ yard pass attempts in recent weeks and could have had an even bigger day through the air. His only touchdown of the day came when the Texans entered the red zone and he was flushed out of the pocket and found DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone by himself for a 7-yard scoring play. Watson had a strong passing day but he left too many big plays on the field that could have put points on the board.

2018 Week 13 vs CLE (22 / 31 / 224 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 30 / 0 rush)

It continues to be an impressive run throwing the ball for Deshaun Watson during this win streak. Watson has improved his accuracy and continues to depend on DeAndre Hopkins in the passing game. Watson was able to hit Hopkins for 29 and 24 yards to open up the passing attack against the Browns. He threw a nice corner route to Hopkins who was being draped on by the defensive back who was grabbing hair and a face mask but a pinpoint pass allowed Hopkins to haul the pass in. Watson also threw 6 smoke screen this game targeted for DeAndre Carter and Hopkins but it was Carter who was able to eat up yards with 11 and 7 yard gains. Watson was able to control the 10-19 yard range and that came with completions to Demaryius Thomas for 15, Jordan Akins for 13 and Hopkins for 17. Add in the work he did with the tight end group for five receptions on five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Watson's only touchdown on the day was on a 11-yard play action pass to Jordan Thomas who ran a nice corner route to beat the safety that was covering him. Watson also had 30 yards on the ground which continues to be a good sign for the Texans who have tried to limit how much he has been running.

2018 Week 12 vs TEN (19 / 24 / 210 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 70 / 1 rush)

The pass attempts may not be there but Deshaun Watson is maximizing his opportunities. Throwing for 210 yards and two touchdowns, Watson also chipped in a designed run for 15 yards and a score. Watson continues to get comfortable with his new receiver in Demaryius Thomas and turned to him in the redone hitting him twice for touchdowns. Watson his Thomas four times during the game and it shows a quarterback trusting his newest receiver more each week. Once again, Watson continues to lean on DeAndre Hopkins for big plays and his best throw of the night came on a 28-yard strike against Cover-2 where he hit him in the hole between two defenders. Watson's only incompletion on a pass more than 10-yards came on a deep ball targeted for Hopkins in the end zone but couldn't connect. IT was one of the more active games for Watson with his legs rushing for 70 yards and his longest run in sometime with a 34-yard simperer that almost resulted in a fumble but replay review showed his elbow hitting before the ball popping out. Watson continues to be efficient as a quarterback, he hit 9 different receivers during the game.

2018 Week 11 vs WAS (16 / 24 / 208 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

It was an up and down game for Deshaun Watson and part of it was due to missing both offensive guards. The loss of his guards really put pressure on him in the pocket not allowing him to step up when needed. Throwing for 208 yards and a touchdown, Watson was conservative with his throws and did not attempt a single pass over 20+ yards. His best throw of the day went to DeAndre Hopkins for a 16 yard touchdown hitting him in stride before Redskins Josh Norman saw it an broke on the ball. Hopkins snagged the beautiful ball from Watson which opened up the scoring for the Texans. His two interceptions on the day came on poor decisions, one was intended for Keke Coutee who had three defenders around him but Watson's arm was hit before finishing the throw. Another came on a screen pass where he tried to flip it to Lamar Miller but he gave the defensive end time to see the play and tip the pass to himself. Watson when under control trusted his guys and targets Jordan Akins and Coutee who were both able to rack up some much needed YAC yards. Besides Watson's rough second quarter, he was able to manage the game well lead the Texans to a key win.

2018 Week 9 vs DEN (17 / 24 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 38 / 0 rush)

It was another productive day for Deshaun Watson especially with a limited number of pass attempts on the day. Throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns, Watson continues to be accurate throwing the football. His most favorite target was DeAndre Hopkins hitting him for 105 yards and 16-yard touchdown pass with three defenders trying to cover Hopkins. He also hit his newest weapon to start off the game with a 31-yard smoke screen to open up the game and get the Broncos defense on their heels. Add in a nice play action pass for Watson hitting tight end Jordan Thomas for 7-yards for a touchdown, the quarterbacks efficiency as a passer has been impressive. Watson did better than expected especially operating a receiver down and Thomas only knowing a small portion of the offense. Watson also chipped in 38 yards on scrambles, helping move the chains when needed.

2018 Week 8 vs MIA (16 / 20 / 239 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

It was a productive day for Deshaun Watson having more touchdowns passes (5) than incompletions (4) against the Dolphins defense that had the Texans passing game looking for answers early. Watson was able to link up with some big plays on Thursday night hitting Will Fuller for a 73-yard touchdown and then a 34-yard catch and run. Also, he hit a wide open DeAndre Hopkins for 49-yards that resulted in a touchdown. Add in his rookie tight end Jordan Thomas caught 2 touchdown passes, it was one of the most productive days for Watson behind center. Watson's passing attempts are trending down with the emergence of the running game but he is optimizing his chances.

2018 Week 7 vs JAX (12 / 24 / 139 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 13 / 0 rush)

The Texans bussed Deshaun Watson 12-hours to Jacksonville to keep from flying with the team. Watson is still nursing injuries, rib issue and a bruised lung. The Texans kept Watson from settling too much throwing the football and tied a career low with 24 pass attempts. Watson hit Hopkins for 3 receptions and one was for a nice 10-yard touchdown pass. He missed a wide open Will Fuller on a deep ball due to being flushed outside of the pocket. It is clear that Watson is not right especially with some of his throws sailing on him. Once again when he needed throws, Watson late int eh game hit Fuller for 15 and 14 on key 3rd down throws. It was Watson's first game all season without a turnover which has been one of his biggest issues in 2018.

2018 Week 6 vs BUF (15 / 25 / 177 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

It was clear Deshaun Watson was not right the entire game and it showed on how he played. Many have appreciated his style of play but only attempting 25 passes and 2 rushes, it was his lowest output as a quarterback since his first start as a rookie. Watson continued to not push the ball deep and really concentrated throwing the football to DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee. Hopkins continues to be Watson's favorite target and he hit him on a corner route from the slot for a 13 yard touchdown. Also, he hit Hopkins on a 24 yard reception to get the ball down the field. He had some nice throws in the 10-19 yard rands hitting Coutee for 22 and Fuller for 17 and 16. Watson did do much with his legs and his longest run of the game was for 3 yards which was a first down. Even after a slow game, Watson woke up in the 4th quarter to march the Texans down the field for a game tying field goal, he was 5 of 7 for 54 yards but his big throw was to Fuller on a deep ball that drew a defensive pass interference. It was clear the Texans were not interested in opening up the game to expose Watson and it was clear with his lack of production.

2018 Week 5 vs DAL (33 / 44 / 375 / 1 / 1 pass, 10 / 40 / 0 rush)

It continues to be a strong effort for the Texans quarterback and despite one interception late in the 4th quarter after protection broke down. It was another solid day passing for Watson throwing for 375 and a touchdown. If the Texans could get their red zone woes cleaned up, Watson's production would be so much better especially from a touchdown stand point. Watson continues to depend on DeAndre Hopkins in key situations and it was the first time in a while that he depended on a tight end to move the ball. Watson went to Ryan Griffin and got the chains moving with 6 passes for 65 yards on the day. Watson's command in the passing game has improved so much, he completion percentage is climbing too. He also had 40 yards rushing but some of those yards resulted in hits that were not necessary for him. His style of play at the moment is an issue, Watson is going to have to learn to get down and avoid hits.

2018 Week 4 vs IND (29 / 42 / 375 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 41 / 1 rush)

It was another strong showing for Deshaun Watson through the air and he continues to be a more accurate passer week to week. This time Watson put up 375 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns passes and another one on the ground. The Texans offense looked much more fluid and now with a new target in Keke Coutee, the field opened up even more. Watson was able to spread the ball among the receivers in Coutee, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson missed a touchdown ending pass in overtime when he threw a perfect ball to Hopkins on a double move only to have the ground knock it loose when he hit the ground. Watson was also used more in the run game with designed plays and he was able to get 41 yards on the ground. Watson is starting to develop even more with Hopkins and Fuller but in the second half turned to slot receiver Coutee and lit up the Colts in the middle of the field. There were some drops mixed in from receivers but it was a solid day for him and his game is improving week to week.

2018 Week 3 vs NYG (24 / 40 / 385 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 36 / 0 rush)

The Texans quarterback is churning on numbers at a high level but even with his 385 yard passing game, there is so much more out there for him in the passing game. Watson missed Will Fuller on an open post route that he sailed just to his right due to pressure coming from a missed block. Also, add in no real running game, Watson was depended on to carry the offense and continue to be the main cog in putting together anything for the Texans. He depended on his most reliable targets in in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson used both Hopkins and Fuller to put together key drives on big throws and was able to literally spread their chances out in half. Watson was able to have 7 passes of 20+ yards and 5 passes for 25+ yards continuing his trend of being able to produce big plays.

2018 Week 2 vs TEN (22 / 32 / 310 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 44 / 0 rush)

It was a much better performance on the field for Deshaun Watson throwing for 310 yards and two touchdowns and that was even after a slow start on offense. Watson was able to balance out the field and use Will Fuller to open up the offense especially in the passing game. Watson was able to hit Fuller all game with comeback routes then broke off the Titans with a 39 yard touchdown go route to Fuller to flip the field. Watson was much more under control and was near perfect throwing the ball to Fuller and it was clear DeAndre Hopkins was his other favorite target. Watson hit Hopkins for a 28 yard touchdown pass to start the Texans scoring and ended up hitting him many times in the middle of the field to get the chains moving. Outside of Fuller and Hopkins, Watson did hit Bruce Ellington for 45 yards but they went away from it on offense. Ellington had plenty of room to work with in the middle of the field and to eat up yards. Watson did plenty in the air but he did have moments of hiccups, throwing an interception into double coverage for the second week in a row and recovering his own fumble twice; once on a snap and another on not protecting the ball letting a defensive lineman swipe the ball from his hands.

2018 Week 1 vs NE (17 / 34 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 40 / 0 rush)

It was not the start the Texans wanted to see from Deshaun Watson especially after an opening play fumble by him trying to handoff to Lamar Miller. Watson was inaccurate most of the game and was lackluster to start the first half. He only threw for 61 yards in the first half and was out of sorts paying attention to a rush that was not near him. His only interception came from forcing the football to a receiver double covered in the end zone that he should have not thrown. The second half was a little better for Watson completing 12 passes but it still wasn't enough to pull the win out for the Texans. He did hit Bruce Ellington for a 4-yard touchdown and even added 40 yards on the ground showing that his ACL is just fine. Watson looked rusty and made some poor decisions but as the game wore on, he did some good things.


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