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The 1's playing up to their billing

Posted Oct 16, 2017

The trio of offensive first-rounders in Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller, V and DeAndre Hopkins, are doing big things.

The ones have played like ones.

The last three offensive players taken in the first round by the Houston Texans, have united as a potent trio.

Deshaun Watson (2017), Will Fuller, V (2016) and DeAndre Hopkins (2013) are all first round draft picks, and of Watson's 15 touchdown passes, 11 have gone to those two receivers. Fuller caught a pair of touchdowns last season, but now has five in just three 2017 games. Those five have him tied for third in the NFL.

Hopkins, meanwhile, is tied with Green Bay's Jordy Nelson for the League lead in scoring catches with six. He had four last season.

For Fuller, the "f" word has been the key this year with Watson and the offensive eruption.

“It’s a lot of fun," Fuller said. "Like I always say, he has his own swag to him. He just keeps everything fun. That’s the biggest thing with football, is just if you’re having fun I feel like you can play free. I feel like that’s what he does, too. He plays free and he makes plays.”

Watson, who leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 15, said his growth in the offense has been a continual process.

“I’ve grown a lot," Watson said. "Each rep is another step for me to be able to grow as a player, as a person and as a leader. Getting more comfortable in this league is very, very hard to do, so each rep is real critical.”

Head coach Bill O'Brien said he's impressed with the progress Watson's made since arriving in early May.

"For a guy that’s just coming into the league, to be able to play the way he’s played, with the poise that he’s played with, definitely pleased with that," O'Brien said. "I just know that there’s a lot of things relative to him and the way he thinks and the way I think that we can all get better at.”

Watson's success hasn't been a surprise to Hopkins, though.

“I expected that honestly," Hopkins said. "From training camp when he came in, the way he handled himself in the film room. Even in training camp when he wasn’t getting reps with the ones, he was still learning. He was still going over things, talking about it to us when he got the opportunity. It’s presented itself so, nobody in this locker room was honestly surprised with the way he’s developed so far.”

The Texans will have the week off for the bye, and face the Seahawks in Seattle a week from Sunday.

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