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Watson in Rare Air Through 16 Games

Among NFL elite in a number of categories

November 05, 2018 - 2:53 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Through 16 games into his NFL career, Deshaun Watson is on a short list with all-time greats at the position with the numbers he has put up so far.

Watson has 36 touchdown passes through 16 games, which is the second most in NFL history behind only Kurt Warner, who had 39 at the age of 28-years-old.

In addition to the 36 touchdowns, Watson has thrown for 4,088 passing yards, which is the fourth most through 16 games in NFL history.  Andrew Luck, Marc Bulger and again Warner are the only other quarterbacks that threw for more yards in their first 16 games.

DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller have been especially happy that Watson has been their quarterback over the last two seasons as well.  Hopkins has 14 touchdown grabs through the 16 games he and Watson have played in together.  Fuller has 11 touchdowns in 11 games that both he and Watson have appeared in.

While Watson has always put up eye popping numbers, one area he’s been praised by Bill O’Brien recently has been protecting the ball.  In Watson’s first 13 games in the NFL, he threw 15 interceptions.  In Watson’s last three games he hasn’t thrown a single interception, and O’Brien likes the way Watson is learning how to win different type of games.

“I think he’s learned a lot about NFL defenses. He’s had a lot thrown at him defensively this year, whether it’s third-down defenses, red area defenses. He’s improved every week,” O’Brien said.  “I think that yesterday’s game is a really good game to point to for an NFL quarterback, meaning he didn’t turn it over, he got us into the right play, he was able to lead us on some multiple-play drives and he came out of the game with a high rating, a 125.0 rating, which I think is really good and we won the game. I think he’s grown a lot in understanding the type of game that we’re in and how we want to play that game.”