Three years ago at this time, Deshaun Watson was taking part in the NFL Combine.
Since then, he was drafted by the Texans, became the starter 30 minutes into Week 1 of that 2017 season, and guided Houston to AFC South titles each of the last two years. On Tuesday in Indianapolis, his head coach was asked if the Texans wanted to sign the quarterback and his left tackle Laremy Tunsil to an extension this offseason, and Bill O'Brien was very clear on Houston's intentions.
"The sooner we can get some of those deals done, the better," O'Brien said.
Watson's started 31 combined games the last two seasons, and the Texans have been victorious in 21 of those. He's a dynamic quarterback and leader, and O'Brien has a very high opinion about his signal-caller.
"We want him here in Houston for his whole career," O'Brien said. "We love Deshaun Watson, and everything he's about."
In 2019, Watson tossed 26 touchdowns, ran for seven more, and completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,852 yards.
O'Brien emphasized how "excellent" a leader Watson is, and explained the many reasons why.
- First and foremost he leads by example.
- He leads with his work ethic, he's out there every day at practice.
- He's in early, he stays late.
- He works in the weight room, takes care of his body.
- He'll do whatever needs to be done at practice, stay after practice to fix a route or go out early to try to work on center-quarterback cadence or things like that.
- He cares about being as good of a player and a teammate as he can be every single day.
- He tries to get better every day.
- He's a very smart player.
- He's gotten better and better. He's improved every single year.
Watson's entering his fourth NFL year. He and the Texans start offseason conditioning work in less than two months at NRG Stadium, when they gather together on April 20.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 3/18/2020)