Houston fans got their first look at rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson in Saturday's preseason game against New England.
"It was cool to have the support and the home team behind you," Watson said after the game. "That's just for every quarterback and every player. We have a great fan base and it's fun to go out there and play in front of the home team."
Watson became the first Texans quarterback to rush for a touchdown in consecutive preseason games when he scored on a two-yard rush in the third quarter. On the scoring drive, he also completed a 63-yard catch-and-run play to D'Onta Foreman.
"I thought Deshaun (Watson) did some good things," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think they were doing some things defensively that were tough. It wasn't like a big schematic game, but they were playing a lot of man coverage. Guys had to work hard to get open and I thought he made some plays. The play that he made to (D'Onta Foreman) is a play that he's been doing a good job on that play ever since he's been here. I think it was a similar play to what he ran at Clemson – that type of scheme for that particular play."
Watson, who completed 3-of-10 for 102 yards, orchestrated the five-play, 75-yard drive resulting in his rushing touchdown to give the Texans a 17-16 lead over the Patriots. Watson also led Houston on a 10-play, 62-yard scoring drive in the second quarter that resulted in a 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10.
"I did a decent job," Watson said. "I did what I needed to do to try to move the ball to help the team out. There's always things I can get better at. I'm going to watch the film and I'm going to continue to work on that."