Deshaun Watson: ‘I’ll be ready’ when Texans need me
The Houston Texans appear intent on taking their time to groom Deshaun Watson instead of throwing him into the fire too early, as Tom Savage is expected to run the offense in 2017. But the first-year pro out of Clemson said this week that if and when the team needs him, he’ll be ready to answer the call.
“Honestly, whenever Coach (Bill O’Brien) and the coaches feel like I’m ready to go (I’ll be ready),” Watson told NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan, via NFL.com’s Conor Orr. “The team feels like they can operate with me behind the wheel and being the quarterback. It’s gonna take time, it’s gonna be a process, really no rush. Just kinda taking it one day at a time, and whenever that time comes, I’ll be ready.”
The Texans moved up in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Watson with the twelfth pick, trading their 25th pick and their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns. There’s no doubt the Texans expect Watson to ascend to the top of QB depth chart sooner rather than later, although arguably not in 2017 if things go as hoped with Savage.
That said, all the talk coming out of the Texans organization points to the team’s faith in the 21-year-old’s ability to acclimate to the NFL perhaps more quickly than other young signal-callers due to the experience gleaned at Clemson.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien praised Watson as the Texans’ offseason program closed last month, calling the quarterback a “very poised guy,” among other compliments.
“I like the way he carries himself,” O’Brien said of Watson, via the Houston Chronicle. “I like the way he operates. He’s a rookie, and he’s not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league, but you can tell he’s got a lot of qualities you like.
“For being a rookie, he’s wise beyond his years.”
Whether or not that translates to Waston seeing live NFL action in the upcoming season, though, probably depends more on how Savage plays than Watson’s readiness, perceived or otherwise.