Keeping Deshaun Watson Healthy Is A Balancing Act

Can Watson Balance Aggression and Protection?

The Bull Rush
October 10, 2018 - 1:58 pm

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HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Texans are only five weeks into the 2018 NFL season and the health concerns with second year QB Deshaun Watson have already arrived.

Watson was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday afternoon's practice due to concern about an injury he sustained to his chest in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

The overwhelming concensus is that Watson will play this coming Sunday when the Buffalo Bills come in to Houston for Week 6.

"I feel good. I feel great. We got the W. Able to celebrate with my teammates and my family. Another day in the office just recovering from the game and get ready for Buffalo," Watson said Wednesday before practice.

Even though everything seems to be pointing to Watson playing this Sunday, the sudden change in Watson's health, combined with his reckless style of play so far this year, have a lot of people wondering how long it will be before the Texans lose Watson for an extended period of time.

Watson understands that he needs to better protect himself, it just can't come at the expense of his play, "It’s a fine line between trying to – I guess it’s the situation of the game – because it was early on in the game where we had those two opportunities to get in and I was trying to make it in, but if you put that same situation in overtime and it’s 4th-and-1 and we need a touchdown and the ball is in my hands, you’re going to kind of want me to get in that end zone. It’s a fine line. You’ve got to pick your spots and pick your situations, but those guys did a good job of being stingy and not letting me in. They just took me out," he said.

Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien has been accused of "playing it safe" too often with Watson at times this season. But it was all in an attempt to keep his star QB, and the cornerstone of the franchise, healthy.

O'Brien said Wednesday that they have to find ways to protect Watson, without changing who he is as a player, "Some of it is coaching, some of it’s some decisions, and again, like I said the other day, two of the plays where he took a hit where he was trying to score touchdowns. So, very competitive guy and does a great job of moving. Sometimes the ball can come out a little bit quicker, sometimes the play can be better, but we’re all working hard to improve every area of the offense," O'Brien said.

Hopefully the team figures out that balance with Watson before too long, or they could see him showing up on the injury report much more often.