With Deshaun Watson entering his third NFL season, the Texans have already begun building their roster around their franchise quarterback.
"We feel like we have a long-term solution at the quarterback position with Deshaun Watson," general manager Brian Gaine said on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I said this last year, as long as I'm here, I'm going to make every effort to put the pieces in place around him to help him, support him and help him be successful on the field."
The Texans drafted an offensive lineman last year in Martinas Rankin and added two more in free agency in tackle Seantrel Henderson as well as guards Senio Kelemete and Zach Fulton. However, building the team around Watson extends to more than just the players that protect him on every play. Gaine wants to draft playmakers on both sides of the ball that give Watson as many opportunities as possible to score.
"That might be on the perimeter, that might be on the offensive line, that might be in the backfield, that might even be on defense – a guy that can generate more turnovers that gets the ball back to him even more than that," Gaine said. "He's certainly a centerpiece in terms of how we want to build our team and it's a focal point of how we want to build the roster."
Last season, Watson became the first quarterback to record at least 4,000 yards and 25 passing touchdowns and rush for 500 yards and five touchdowns in a single season in NFL history. Through 16 starts, he finished threw 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions and set a franchise-record 103.1 passer rating. Watson also rushed 99 times for 551 yards (5.6 avg.) and five touchdowns and earned his first Pro Bowl nod.
On Monday, the Texans placed a franchise tag on star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. Free agency begins on Wednesday, March 13.
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