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Deshaun Watson: “OTAs is the main focus”

Posted Jan 31, 2018

Deshaun Watson has been busy with his rehab this offseason and is optimistic about return for 2018.

Just months after his season-ending ACL surgery, Deshaun Watson made his rounds during this week’s Radio Row in Minneapolis. The Texans starting quarterback has been busy with his rehab this offseason and is optimistic about return for 2018.

“I’m three months out,” Watson said on SportsRadio 610. “I feel really, really well. I’m on track ahead of schedule. Every day is a process of trying to get better.”

While no official timetable has been announced for his return, Watson hopes to return to the practice field in some capacity during OTAs (organized team activities) and training camp.

“There’s not really a set target,” Watson said Wednesday. “It’s really just trying to get me as fully healthy as I can before the season, before Game 1. But, the more reps I can get during OTAs, during the summer and during training camp is going to be very, very helpful, not just for me but for the whole team and just having my presence around is going to be good, being the quarterback. So, OTAs is the main focus right now.”

Watson may be still limited physically, but in the meantime is working on his chemistry off the field. Perhaps one of the most important relationships is with All-Pro wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. Watson says the two spend a good amount of time communicating via text or FaceTime, especially when Hopkins is out of town.

In 2017, Watson connected with Hopkins on seven touchdown passes in the first seven games of the season. Through seven games with six starts, Watson threw for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 103.0. He also rushed for 269 yards on 36 carries for two touchdowns.


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