Deshaun Watson is turning heads in his rookie training camp.
The expectation, as had been laid out by the team on multiple occasions, was that the Houston Texans‘ first-round pick would start off as a backup to Tom Savage. While that may still be the plan, it’s clear that Bill O’Brien has been impressed with his new signal-caller.
“Deshaun is ahead of any rookie quarterback I’ve ever been around,” the Texans head coach said Tuesday.
For reference, O’Brien hasn’t exactly been around any rookies who’ve set the league on fire. Going back to his time with the Patriots, the most notable young talent he’s worked with at quarterback is probably Ryan Mallett.
The point still stands, though.
Perhaps Watson continuing on this path, demonstrating the kind of poise and intelligence that earned him high grades from many draft analysts, will see him push Savage for the starting job sooner rather than later.
Last year’s Texans team, which posted a 9-7 record en route to a division title, was thought by many to be a quarterback away from Super Bowl contention. A quick development from Watson could certainly go a long way toward shaking up the AFC playoff picture.
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