Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson wants to "jump start" his off-season

"I feel like every play is not dead. And I feel that I can make every throw." - Deshuan Watson

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January 29, 2019 - 12:44 pm

By Paul Gallant | Mornings 6-10am SportsRadio 610

ATLANTA, GA (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson joined Mad Radio this morning on SportsRadio 610. He was relaxed, loose, and sounded excited about the offseason. Why? Because for the first time in a few years, it'll be a lot simpler.

"It's awesome," said the two year veteran quarterback. "I felt like last year, even though I was rehabbing, I felt starting off the year that I was a little behind. I was trying to catch up the whole year. But this year and I can kind of get ahead and get a jump start of all the things I really want to correct . . . mentally and physically."

Comparatively, this offseason should be a lot less complicated for the Texans quarterback. In 2017, Watson spent much of the year getting ready for the NFL draft. Last year, Watson was rehabbing from a torn ACL.

"I have more time, more opportunity to pick out those little things," said Watson of his next few months. "I don't have to really just focus on rehabbing my knee and making sure I get back before Training Camp . . . I can put more time and energy into this one thing."

Being a leader is something that comes natural to Watson. After all, we're talking about the quarterback who took Clemson to back to back College Football Playoff Championships, winning the latter. But due to his calm and cool demeanor, it's hard to get a grasp on what kind of leader he is.

"It's kind of tough because I feel like it depends on your personality," said Watson when asked if he tried to emulate some of the leadership styles of the league's most successful quarterbacks. "I don't want to look at Tom [Brady> and follow his leadership. I've just got to put it in my certain way. I can figure out little things, like how he communicates with the offensive line."

He might not be copying any of the league's top QBs. He also might not need to.

"I feel like whenever I talk to my offensive line - or anybody on the team - whenever I speak, everyone listens," continued Deshaun. "And a lot of veteran guys tell me that - like J.D. [Clowney>, Tyrann [Mathieu>, and J.J. [Watt> - whenever you speak to us, everyone listens. Because you have that respect and that power. People really listen to you."

This past season, Watson put a concerted effort into eliminating turnovers. And specifically, learning how to choose between the safe play and the big play.

"My rookie year, and even the first half of this year, I was trying to make the big play," said Watson about that learning process. "I feel like every play is not dead. And I feel that I can make every throw. And I feel that the athletes we have on the offensive side can make every play. Sometimes it bites me in the butt. And sometimes it works. It's like a 50-50 deal where you live by the sword die by the sword."

Watson credits his studying during film sessions and conversations with head coach Bill O'Brien for the progress he's made on that front.

"I just asked myself 'Why every week am I throwing an interception?'", said Watson of some of those film sessions with O'Brien. "The Colts game . . . I knew exactly what they were doing. It was just a dumb decision. Just one of those plays that I kind of blanked out and threw it up. And the guy made a play. Things [like> that, I can definitely correct."

If Watson can correct those things, maybe he'll be one of the quarterbacks getting ready for the big game this weekend.