Deshaun Watson's toughness on display in Jacksonville

Deshaun Watson is tough.

Tough enough to guide the Texans to an overtime win over the Cowboys, after getting knocked around nearly two dozen times.

Tough enough to play through a chest injury that limited him in practice the week before the Texans beat the Bills.

Tough enough to ride a bus 12 hours from Houston to Jacksonville.

And tough enough to stare down a ferocious Jaguars defense and guide the offense to a 20-point performance in a win at TIAA Stadium.

"Once I get cleared to be able to play, I'm confident and I just battle through it," Watson said. "This is bigger than me and I'm a competitor and I love this team so much. I want to be out there on the field with them."

He explained about the bus ride east on I-10 in the aftermath of the win over the Jaguars.

"Whatever it takes to get me down here to be able to be with my teammates and be able to play and do what I do to help this team win," Watson said.

He completed 12-of-24 passes for 139 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked just once, and described his mindset in playing through pain.

He already had the respect of the locker room before the chest injury. But that respect, and admiration, has grown even more since.

"That's my quarterback," linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said. "I'll ride wherever he wants to ride. He's a warrior. I love him."

Head coach Bill O'Brien echoed Clowney's sentiments, pointing out his quarterback's toughness.

"Give credit to Deshaun," O'Brien said. "He's a very tough individual. He's sacrificed a lot the last couple weeks to put himself in position to play. Great teammate. Loves to win, and I think the world of the guy."

Watson said the bus ride was "smooth", and that he spent time watching "some film", sleeping, and getting something to eat.

He and the Texans return home to Houston to face the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football at NRG Stadium.

The Traveling Texans showed up big in Jacksonville to help lead the Texans to the 4th straight victory.

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