Deshaun Watson, offense making big strides for 2019

Explosive.

That is how Deshaun Watson envisions the Houston Texans offense in 2019.

“Whoever is touching the ball on each possession can make something happen,” Watson said. “We’re all confident that we’re going to be on the same page, great chemistry, have some fun and try to light up the scoreboard as much as we can.”

The Texans wrapped up veteran minicamp and their nine-week offseason workout program last week. Watson, now in his third season, may be the biggest X-factor when it comes to the offense. With 23 games under his belt and a full, healthy offseason to work on the field, the Texans starting quarterback has also shown significant growth as a signal caller. Head coach Bill O’Brien says that meetings with new quarterbacks coach Carl Smith and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly were productive over the nine-week offseason program and Watson agrees.

“I feel like I’m ahead of where I was, of course, last year,” Watson said. “Just decision making, operation of the offense, being able to do things that I couldn’t do a year before and definitely my rookie year. Being able to take control and take leadership of this offense and be able to get the young guys lined up, make sure the protection is right, make sure the ball is getting placed in the right direction or where the ball needs to be versus this coverage. It’s been a great camp and we’re just trying to continue to improve and make this offense go.”

In 2017, Watson completed 126-of-204 passes (61.8%) for 1,699 yards and a single-season rookie franchise record 19 touchdowns in seven games with six starts. In his last nine games, Watson was 193-for-264 (73.1%) for 2,228 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 115.2 passer rating. He led the NFL in passer rating from Weeks 8-17.

Texans players will take the field for their 2019 Training Camp presented by XFINITY on Thursday, July 25 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

Check out the best shots shots from Day 2 of veteran minicamp. Presented by Houston Methodist.

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