Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Date of Birth:  09/14/1995
Age:  22
Height  6'2"
Weight:   221
College:  Clemson
Drafted:  2017 | Round 1 | Pick 12
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson (knee) is on schedule for training camp.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, and he said his star franchise quarterback is "on schedule to participate in training camp and we're excited about that." Watson tore his ACL during a practice at the start of November, so it'll be nearly nine months when Texans training camp starts. Even if Watson isn't out there for the first day, there isn't much concern about his recovery. Everyone should feel great about him being out there for Week 1, but seeing him participate in a full training camp would be a boost as he enters his second NFL season.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson posts video of himself running for the first time since his ACL tear.

Watson tore his ACL in practice in November, but he's apparently making great progress in his recovery. It looks like Watson is one of those freakish healers that could be ready sooner than most guys would be able to, and being 100% for training camp almost looks like a lock at this point (barring any setbacks). Watson's recovery will be one of the big storylines this offseason after he lit up the league with 21 total touchdowns in just seven games as a rookie.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson did tear his ACL, according to multiple reports.

The fears have been confirmed, and Watson's season will be over, as the Texans will no way have their treasured rookie franchise quarterback try to play through the injury. It's a bitter end to an otherwise magnificent first NFL season for Watson, as he showed what made his college head coach Dabo Swinney warn people not to pass on him in the draft. Houston can find some slight comfort in knowing Watson will hit rehab hard and do everything he can to come back even better in 2018, and that they have one of the best players in the league to build around. His rookie season ends with 1,699 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, eight interceptions, a 61.8% completion percentage, 36 carries, 269 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns in seven games (six starts). It's still early, but Watson should certainly be considered a top-ten quarterback option in fantasy drafts next season.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson is feared to have suffered a torn ACL today in practice, according to Ian Rapoport.

Wow. This is just simply awful news, as Rapoport reports Watson went down with a non-contact injury in today's practice and they are getting an MRI to confirm the fears. Watson was in the middle of a spectacular rookie season, as he was tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes (19) despite not starting the first game and already having his bye week. As we fully expected, Watson showed people he could play at an extremely high level in the NFL, and he'll be a huge difference-maker for years to come. You really have to feel for the rookie quarterback and his team, as this is a real shame. While not nearly as important as the real-life ramifications for Watson personally, fantasy owners will likely have to look elsewhere for their QB1 for the rest of the season, pending the likely confirmation of a torn ACL after the MRI.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson plays great but the Texans lose in Seattle.

The rookie from Clemson had an amazing performance against one of the NFC's best teams, going 19/30 for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions while adding eight carries for 67 yards. Watson became the first player in the Super Bowl era to have over 400 yards passing, four passing touchdowns, and over 50 rushing yards in a game. But Seattle scored with under 25 seconds remaining in a back-and-forth game. The interceptions weren't great—one was jumped by Earl Thomas and one was an ill-advised throw into a zone area that a receiver ran into and Watson didn't see Richard Sherman—but the last one came on pretty much a desperation attempt at the end of the game. It's difficult not to be impressed with the poise and ability of Watson, and it had people saying he's a clear franchise quarterback (which was overdue, as he probably should've been the first pick in the draft as we've been saying all along). Despite already having his bye week and not starting in the first game, the rookie leads the NFL in touchdowns. He's an elite QB1 against the Colts in Week 9.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson throws another three touchdowns; Texans beat the team that passed on him twice.

Watson was 17/29 for 225 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed six times for 23 yards. Watson became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for at least three touchdowns in three-consecutive games, and it was fitting to come against Cleveland after they passed on him twice and settled for DeShone Kizer in the spring. Unless Jacoby Brissett scores 60+ fantasy points on Monday night, Watson is going to be the highest-scoring fantasy quarterback through six weeks. That said, he faces his toughest test yet as the Texans travel to Seattle in Week 7, though no one would blame fantasy owners for keeping the rookie in their lineup.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson scores five touchdowns in second-straight game, but Chiefs pull away from beat up Houston team on SNF.

Watson was 16/31 for 261 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 31 yards. The first-round pick is quieting a lot of critics up with an unbelievable start to his career, and Sunday night's game allowed him to display his arm strength—a so-called "concern" coming out of Clemson. Through four starts, Watson has thrown for 1,072 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions, and he's also rushed for 179 yards and two scores on the ground. He's an every-week QB1 that needs to be in lineups against the Browns in Week 6.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson explodes for five totals scores in win over the Titans.

Watson played lights out to get his team to 2-2, as the rookie was 25/34 for 283 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception while also adding four carries for 24 yards and a rushing touchdown. One touchdown was to DeAndre Hopkins, one was to Lamar Miller, and two were to Will Fuller V—who added a speed element toe the offense—as Watson looked comfortable and made great plays all day. The rushing touchdown looked like a play from his Clemson days, as it was a designed quarterback run that Watson basically walked in on. Watson has a difficult matchup on Sunday night against the Chiefs, but the former national champion has always shined in primetime games. It's still early, but it certainly looks like teams are going to regret passing on Watson.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson nearly leads Texans to win in Foxborough over the Pats.

The rookie quarterback was very impressive against New England's defense, going 23/33 for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, while adding eight carries for 41 yards on the ground. The one interception was on a pass where he was pressured and probably expected DeAndre Hopkins to come back on his route, but the pass was still throw short and inside. And the second interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of the game. He still showed great poise throughout the game, and he led the Texans to a touchdown drive late in the game, throwing a pinpoint strike to tight end Ryan Griffin in the end zone. Watson and the Texans have a big AFC South matchup next Sunday against the Titans.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson helps lead Texans to Week 2 win over the Bengals.

The rookie quarterback from Clemson was celebrating his 22nd birthday and played well in his first NFL start, going 15/24 for 125 yards and rushing five times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Despite being without his top three tight ends and only having three receivers active for the game while playing behind a shaky offensive line, Watson avoided mistakes and kept his team in the game. He took some big hits from the Bengals, including three sacks, but he bounced back each time and appeared to get more comfortable as the game went on—as Cris Collinsworth noted on the NFL Network broadcast. In the second quarter, Watson scrambled up the middle and threw a stiff arm before navigating through the defense and picking up good blocking on a 49-yard touchdown run, which might have calmed him down a bit as it got the offense going. The rookie has a difficult matchup in Week 3 against New England, but hopefully he'll have a healthier team and improved offensive line play in front of him. He's worth an add if you're struggling at quarterback.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson is now the Texans starting quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport.

Tom Savage was the starter throughout the offseason and preseason and did not have much of a chance against Jacksonville on Sunday given the offensive line play, but it was only a matter of time before Watson took over. Watson will make his first-career start on a short week Thursday night against the Bengals in a primetime matchup. The all-time college great and national champion from Clemson has very much impressed O'Brien and the Texans since they traded up to select him with the 12th pick in the draft, and now they'll hand him the keys to the team and see where he can take it. Despite the poor showing on Sunday from the Texans, they have a championship-caliber defense that gives them a chance to win now. The rookie Watson might take some bumps as he gets acclimated to playing in the NFL, but he has a chance to be a really great one. Watson is worth an add in fantasy leagues as someone that might be able to make an immediate impact and can also add some points rushing.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson replaces Tom Savage in season opener.

Watson was 12/23 for 102 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 29-7 loss. The rookie also lost a fumble and rushed twice for 16 yards. Jacksonville has an underrated defense with two elite corners and talent at all levels, so this was a tough task for both Watson and Tom Savage before him. Head coach Bill O'Brien hasn't indicated who will start this Thursday night against the Texans, but it would be a surprise if it wasn't Watson. If so, he's worth a look in fantasy leagues due to his rushing ability. Houston needs to fix the offensive line.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson starts second half of Week 1 game for the Jaguars.

Tom Savage didn't play terrible in the first half, but he lost two fumbles and Bill O'Brien likely knows the team needs a spark after getting shutout, 19-0, in the first half. The Texans gave up six sacks in the first half, so this benching wasn't really on Savage. That said, the all-time college football great has a chance to seize the starting job for Houston here.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson completed 11/21 passes for 116 yards and one interception on Saturday night.

Watson also rushed twice for 10 yards. Houston's offense in general struggled, as they were shutout by the Saints, but it looks like Tom Savage is locked-in as the Week 1 starter. Watson isn't worth drafting in redraft leagues, but he will be an intriguing pickup if he becomes the starter at any point in the regular season.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson rushes for another touchdown in second preseason game.

The rookie quarterback was 3/10 for 102 yards, with a 63-yard slant to D'Onta Foreman doing most of the damage through the air. On the ground, Watson carried four times for ten yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was on a play-action pass call at the goal line—Watson was pressured immediately on his roll out, but he showed his great athleticism when he stopped on a dime and accelerated up the middle for six. Starter Tom Savage moved the offense and looks to be locked in as the starter, in which case Watson would obviously not have a ton of fantasy value.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson thinks his progress from the offseason to now has been "very, very good."

Speaking to reporters yesterday, the rookie quarterback said, "honestly, in the spring, I knew what I was doing, but at the same time my head was swimming. But whenever I will step on the field today, I can go out there and control the offense and do what he asks me to do and make good decisions fast." Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has talked about how far along Watson is for a rookie quarterback, but all indications have been Tom Savage will be the starter. That can change, though, with Watson already comfortable in the offense and impressing the Texans.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Deshaun Watson plays very well in first NFL preseason game.

Watson was 15/25 for 179 yards, along with three carries for 24 yards and a touchdown. The national championship winning quarterback looked extremely calm out there from the start, displaying his great poise, and he looked in complete command of the offense, making audibles at the line of scrimmage, avoiding mistakes, and hitting his check downs to keep the offense moving. He also showed his ability to move outside the pocket and keep his eyes down the field to make throws. Watson's first drive after halftime was a 15-play, 75-yard drive that he capped off with a 15-yard touchdown run. It's only one preseason game against a second-team defense and he did throw a couple of inaccurate passes, but it looks obvious the Texans were lucky to get Watson with the 12th pick in the draft. Look for the impressive rookie quarterback to get some time with the first-team offense in the next couple of preseason games.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Bill O'Brien: Deshaun Watson "won't make the same mistake twice."

The Texans had coach said this of his rookie quarterback on SiriusXM NFL Radio. O'Brien said Watson "makes mistakes, but he fixes them." This just further confirms how impressive the young quarterback out of Clemson has been to the Texans so far, and he clearly studies his mistakes and learns from them. O'Brien is probably thrilled with this quality from Watson, and he and the rest of the coaching staff must be thrilled to have gotten him with the 12th pick in the draft. If the rookie ends up starting over Tom Savage, he's someone worth rostering.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien praises rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

O'Brien said "Deshaun is ahead of any rookie quarterback I've ever been around." O'Brien hasn't been around a first-round rookie QB like Watson was, but it's still notable because O'Brien said his quarterback still had a way to go in the offseason. The progress Watson has made stems from his great work ethic—he's reportedly the first player on the field every day and studies non-stop. Also, O'Brien isn't someone that's going to praise someone for no reason, so we can take this compliment seriously. Tom Savage started training camp as the starter and could lead the team, but it might be hard to keep the accomplished college quarterback off the field. Don't be surprised if Watson delivers fantasy value as a rookie if he hits the field.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

The Texans "absolutely love what they have seen from Deshaun Watson," according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says the team always liked Watson's ability, but they are "blown away" with Watson's work ethic, noting that he's always the first one on the field and takes a lot of notes. Watson's work ethic is legendary from his days at Clemson, where he helped push the program to the next level while winning a national championship. The Texans have been committed to Tom Savage as their starter to open the year, even after they traded up and drafted Watson. Savage is experienced and can certainly play well as the Texans' starter, but if the rookie is really impressing them this much both mentally and physically, it might be difficult to keep him off the field. Either way, it's looking like the Texans quarterback situation should not hold the team back moving forward.

Deshaun Watson | Texans QB

Texans trade up to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

A two-time Heisman finalist, Watson led the Clemson Tigers to two straight National Championship games, including a win over Alabama in last season’s big game. Watson was sensational in that final game, and proved he was a winner (32-3 career record as starter) and clutch throughout his college career. He completed 67.0% of his passes for 4,593 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in his final season at Clemson, adding 629 yards and nine touchdowns on 165 rushing attempts. Watson watched Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes II both get drafted before him, and it will no doubt add to the chip on his shoulder. This is a great situation for Watson, playing for Bill O'Brien and with a great defense. As a rookie, Watson will compete with Tom Savage for the starting job. If he wins the job, he'll have a chance to deliver some 2017 fantasy value, and he'll look to continue his winning ways from his college career on a good Texans team.