Deshaun Watson made quite the statement Sunday morning as he strolled into NRG stadium wearing a baby-blue throwback jersey of former Houston Oiler Quarterback Warren Moon. Since meeting roughly a year ago, Watson and Moon have developed a mentee/mentor relationship. “It’s all love and respect for Warren Moon,” Watson said. “He’s a great guy that I can look up to and ask for advice because he’s been in my shoes before.” Upon seeing Watson donning his jersey, Moon tweeted out, “Grateful that a future NFL great honors the NFL past….Now go be the best @deshaunwatson.” And that is exactly what Watson did.
Not that Watson had anything to prove, but he certainly led the charge in a 33-17 schooling of the Cleveland Browns. Watson, who the Browns passed on twice in the first round of this year’s NFL draft also managed to get a passer rating of 103.4. Having a passer rating above 100 puts Watson in a Quarterback club that includes the likes of: Alex Smith (119.2), Tom Brady (106.9), Kirk Cousins (106.4), Drew Brees (103.2), and Aaron Rodgers (103.2). Watson finished the game with 17 of 29 passes, 225 yards and three TD passes. If those stats aren’t enough to give the Browns the blues, how about the fact that Watson as a rookie is leading the NFL with 15 touchdown passes and didn’t even start in week 1.
For many who watched him work at Clemson, this is no surprise. His current teammate and fellow Tiger alumn made it clear that the feeling was shared in the locker room. “From training camp when he came in and the way he handled himself in the film room, even when in training camp he wasn’t getting reps with the ones, he was still learning,” Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said, via ESPN.com. “He was still going over things, talking about it to us when he got the opportunity, and it’s presented itself….Nobody in this locker room is honestly surprised with the way he’s developed so far.”
Hopkins went on to say, “We know with the ball in No. 4’s [Watson] hands, anything is possible.”
The Houston Texans are tied alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans with a record of 3-3 for the lead of the AFC South heading into their bye week.