Deshaun Watson's seven NFL games was enough to impress Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. When asked about Watson at a charity golf tournament, the Green Bay Packers two-time All-Pro was effusive in his praise.
"He did some amazing things," Rodgers said via The Greenville News. "Obviously he's extremely gifted athletically and can throw all over the field. That gives him a lot of different weapons to use in that offense."
Both Rodgers and Watson had their seasons cut short due to injury in 2017. Watson underwent season-ending ACL surgery after a non-contact injury in practice. Rodgers, also placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone in October, missed seven games but returned in Week 15. After the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention, Rodgers was officially done for the season.
Watson is expected to return to the practice field for next week's organized team activities (OTAs), with limited participation. Now entering his 14th NFL season, Rodgers recalled his own second-year experience.
"I don't think he needs any advice," Rodgers. "He had a fantastic year. As he'll find out, the second year is maybe the toughest year for a quarterback because you have an entire offseason for teams – especially teams in your division – to study you," Rodgers said. "It makes things a little harder. I played pretty decent my first year and came back in '09 and was seeing some different looks because there's a lot more film on you."
In 2009, Rodgers threw for 4,434 yards, 30 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also rushed 316 yards and a career-high five scores and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
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