Deshaun Watson's Deep Ball, Third-Down Accuracy Impress Bill Belichick

The Texans have 20 receptions of at least 30 yards this season

Brandon Scott
November 26, 2019 - 12:21 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Deshaun Watson's playmaking ability this season has not gone unnoticed by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. 

At one point, before the Texans lost to the Ravens, Watson was in MVP discussions. 

The field is crowded for that award, with Seattle's Russell Wilson and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson putting up MVP-caliber performances on teams with better records.

Watson, however, is still having a special 2019. 

After last Thursday's win against the Colts, Watson joined Steve Young as the only players in NFL history with over 20 passing touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and a passer rating above 100 through the first 11 games of a season.

Watson passed Matthew Stafford (64) for the fourth-most passing touchdowns by a player in their first 34 career games. He passed Andrew Luck (8,738) for the fifth-most passing yards by a player in their first 34 career games.

What impresses Belichick most about Watson is his downfield throwing ability, decision-making and accuracy on third down.

“Deshaun's a very talented player, certainly one of the top players in the league at his position that we’ve faced," Belichick said Tuesday. "Does a great job on the deep ball, has very good touch and accuracy, is a good decision-maker, obviously very athletic kid that can do a lot. He's a very good passer, can extend plays and make throws out of pocket, make throws in the pocket, and if he has to run the ball to convert a third down, he certainly is capable of doing that, and he's a hard guy to tackle. I've been very impressed with his downfield passing ability and his decision-making and accuracy on third down.”

Against the Colts, Houston averaged 9.93 yards per pass attempt and reached 20 receptions of at least 30 yards this season.

The Texans also converted 50 percent of their third-down attempts. They're tied for fifth in the league converting on third down.

"They have so many weapons. The Texans run the ball well, their offensive line has improved greatly from where it was a year ago and through the course of the season," Belichick said. "(Carlos) Hyde's a problem, (Duke) Johnson's a problem, (Deshaun) Watson's a problem because he's used some in the running game and the play-action game as well. The receivers are all explosive, big-play guys, can score from anywhere on the field."

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