Deshaun Watson

How rookie Deshaun Watson carved up the Titans’ defense, and what it means for Texans

In Week 3, rookie Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson went punch for punch with Tom Brady as Houston lost a close shootout to the Patriots, 36-33. It was Watson’s best performance in the NFL — that is, until he played the Titans this Sunday. Watson was very efficient, completing 25 of 34 passes for 283 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, adding another 24 rushing yards and a touchdown, as he led the Texans to the most points in a single game in franchise history in the 57-14 win.

How did Watson carve up a defense that came into the game averaging fewer than 20 points per contest? Let’s take a look at that, and what it means moving forward.

Watson beat the Titans from the pocket

Touted as a running quarterback because of his college system at Clemson, Watson’s ability as a pocket passer has been overlooked and undervalued. Many questioned how accurate he really was and if he could win from the pocket. Against the Titans, Watson proved he can.

On this play, the Texans use just two receivers, both running over routes. The Titans only rush four, dropping seven players into coverage. Seven should be able to cover two receivers, but Watson finds wide receiver Will Fuller on his over route with a precise pass over the outstretched hand of a sinking zone defender for a touchdown.

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