Deshaun Watson has been making eye-popping, highlight-reel worthy plays for three NFL seasons. According to Chris Simms of NBC Sports, the Houston Texans star quarterback is already among the elite but could be poised for his best year yet.
"He's an unbelievable deep-ball thrower," Simms said. "He's got unbelievable toughness and when the play breaks down, you could argue Deshaun Watson is as good as anybody in football at making something happen when nothing's there or (there is) bad pass protection or nobody's open. I mean, he's a magician that way and he's very special."
On his list of Top 40 quarterbacks this year, Simms ranked Watson at No. 4 just behind Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, who were Numbers 1, 2 and 3, respectively. However, Simms also projected that Watson had the potential to reach the No. 1 spot this year.
"If he fixes some of those things we are talking about and can be a precise short-ball thrower, like in the quick, three-step game, if he fixes that stuff, the sky's the limit," Simms said.
Watson earned his second Pro Bowl nod after his 2019 performance where he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week three times (Weeks 3, 5 and 13) as well as AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. In 15 regular season starts, Watson threw for 3,852 yards, 26 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while rushing 82 times for 413 yards (5.0 avg.) and seven touchdowns last year. In Houston's two postseason games, Watson totaled 635 pass yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, while rushing 20 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns.