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Deshaun Watson | Quarterback | #4

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (12) / HOU
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Deshaun Watson (knee) said he is "right where [he needs] to be" in his rehab.
Watson tore his ACL in November. "The knee is doing good," Watson said. "For the nine-week goal we put in from the beginning [of the offseason program], I'm pretty much where I wanted to be." Watson has yet to participate in 11-on-11 drills, but he was spotted practicing without a brace on Tuesday. Barring a setback, he will be ready for camp. Jun 14 - 8:58 AM

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Deshaun Watson (knee) was spotted without a brace in Tuesday's minicamp session.

It's yet another positive development in Watson's recovery. Watson has remained limited to individual drills but barring a setback, it appears he will be ready to rock when training camp opens late next month.
Jun 12 - 4:18 PM

The Texans don't plan to scale back Deshaun Watson's running this season.

"You never want to take that away, his instincts, ability to make plays," QB coach Sean Ryan said. "You just want to make sure you’re hitting the points of when it’s smart to do those things and when it’s not." Watson has looked "like his usual self" during individual work and 7-on-7 drills. The Texans spent the offseason designing their offense around Watson and have added packages from Clemson's spread scheme. It's possible Watson loses some speed coming off ACL surgery, but the Texans aren't going to limit him to the pocket. Watson has a chance to be fully cleared for training camp.
Jun 9 - 12:06 PM

The Houston Chronicle considers Deshaun Watson (knee) "ahead of schedule" in his rehab.

It's really only news when a player is behind schedule, but Watson was drawing glowing reports for his work on Tuesday. Watson participated in both 7-on-7 drills and individual work and reportedly "threw well." Watson himself said his knee feels great, and that he isn't worried about physically trusting it as he completes his return. Perhaps Watson will be babied in the early days of training camp but there is a chance he's 100 percent right from the start.
May 22 - 2:18 PM

Deshaun Watson (knee) is throwing during individual drills at OTAs.

Watson will not participate in team drills, but this is a positive step in his recovery from a torn ACL. Coach Bill O'Brien said Watson is "on schedule to participate in training camp."
May 22 - 12:20 PM

Speaking on Good Morning Football, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Deshaun Watson (ACL) is "on schedule to participate in training camp."

It is not a surprise considering O'Brien said Watson could end up getting in some work during OTAs, but it is still good news. Coming off an early-November ACL tear, it looks like Watson will be 100 percent well before Week 1. He carries some injury risk, but Watson also carries No. 1 overall quarterback upside.
May 14 - 8:41 AM

Deshaun Watson promised "my game's not changing" despite coming off a torn ACL.

"Whatever you [saw] last year is going to be the same, if not better," Watson said. "I've dealt with adversity before, had injuries before. I didn't let that slow me down. It just changed my attitude about the game. A lot of people would think that I'd come back hesitant, but I'm going to make sure I come back more forceful and with a stronger and more intense attitude." Coach Bill O'Brien has retooled the playbook to cater to Watson's strengths. Watson's 9.3% touchdown rate would have easily been the best in the league had he qualified; he tossed 19 touchdowns across seven games (six starts). He should be full-go for training camp.
Apr 18 - 9:56 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien told PFT Live Deshaun Watson (knee) could get in some work during OTAs.

"I like where he is right now. I don’t think he’ll be able to do much on the field in the beginning of the offseason program. By the time OTAs roll around he may be able to do a few things." This isn't the first time the Texans have suggested Watson could get in limited OTA reps. Watson is five months removed from ACL surgery, but he's recovering ahead of schedule. Even if the Texans hold him out all offseason, Watson is on track for training camp.
Source: PFT Live
Apr 4 - 6:15 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Deshaun Watson (ACL) is ahead of schedule.

Everyone is ahead of schedule at this point in the offseason, but the good news is better than the alternative. O'Brien said he is not sure what Watson will be able to do during the offseason program, but it sounds like he will at least get in some work. Watson should be ready to go well before Week 1.
Mar 27 - 10:59 AM

Deshaun Watson resumed running on Monday as part of his rehab from last November's torn ACL.

The Texans say Watson is ahead of schedule, and NFL Network reported Watson is expected to be on the field at OTAs, further indicating a so-far-fast recovery. Watson tore his right ACL on November 2 after tearing his left ACL in 2014 at Clemson. Watson was sensational as a rookie, outscoring all fantasy quarterbacks by a whopping six points per game in his Weeks 2-8 run as a starter.
Feb 5 - 4:49 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Deshaun Watson (ACL) is expected to be "on the field throwing with his teammates during 7-on-7 drills" in OTAs.

Per Rapsheet, Watson's rehab has been "accelerated." He is recovering from a "clean" tear of his ACL, a tear that included no other damage to his knee. It's looking likely that Watson will be full-go for training camp.
Feb 1 - 4:15 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Deshaun Watson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL.

Watson suffered the injury in November. O'Brien added there is a chance Watson gets in some work during OTAs, but it is more likely the Texans are exceedingly cautious with their franchise quarterback. At worst, it looks like he is on track for training camp.
Jan 2 - 11:27 AM

Deshaun Watson's ACL surgery is taking place on Tuesday.

Going under the knife just five days after going down is a good sign, as it means it was a clean tear with little residual damage or swelling. Despite the popular perception, returning from an ACL tear isn't like riding a bike, but barring setbacks, Watson should be ready for next season's opener.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 01:18:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter and the Houston Chronicle confirm Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in Thursday's practice, and will undergo season-ending surgery.

It's his right ACL. Watson tore his left ACL at Clemson. Aaron Wilson reports Watson will be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Even in a year riddled with superstar injuries — Andrew Luck, David Johnson, Odell Beckham, J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers, to name a few — this is the biggest blow yet. Watson is the NFL's brightest quarterback prospect in years. His loss is a season-ruining event for the Texans, and at least for Week 9, forces Tom Savage under center. Savage arguably isn't good enough to even be on a 53-man roster, let alone start NFL games. The Texans will need to explore other solutions.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 05:27:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans fear Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's practice.

If you're in disbelief, so are we. Just stunning, awful news. Per Rapsheet, it was a non-contact injury. Watson is undergoing an MRI to confirm the news. Perhaps we'll get a miracle, but Watson can safely be considered out for Week 9, meaning Tom Savage will be under center for the Texans in what would have been a dream matchup for Watson against the Colts. It's an across the board downgrade for the Texans, with DeAndre Hopkins falling to low-end WR1 status, Will Fuller boom-or-bust WR3 and Lamar Miller RB1/2 borderline.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 04:53:00 PM

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3Alfred Blue
4Tyler Ervin
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GLB1Lamar Miller
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3RB1Lamar Miller
2D'Onta Foreman
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Braxton Miller
3Sammie Coates
4DeAndrew White
WR21Will Fuller
2Bruce Ellington
3Keke Coutee
4Chris Thompson
WR31Bruce Ellington
TE1Ryan Griffin
2Stephen Anderson
3Jordan Akins
4MyCole Pruitt
5Jordan Thomas
LT1Julie'n Davenport
2Martinas Rankin
3Roderick Johnson
LG1Zach Fulton
2Chad Slade
C1Nick Martin
2Kyle Fuller
RG1Senio Kelemete
2Greg Mancz
3Jeff Allen
RT1Seantrel Henderson
2Kendall Lamm
3David Quessenberry
K1Ka'imi Fairbairn