Houston- All eyes will continue to surround the work Deshaun Watson has put in and will continue to put in heading toward training camp. Watson has improved over the stretch since his arrival prior to rookie mini-camp and he is clearly not only putting on the field but off of it too. Watson has put his head down and focused, trying to crack the NFL code, even when coaches are not at the facility.
“He’s come a long way. He’s in here all the time,” Bill O’Brien said of Watson. “There is no questioning this kid’s work ethic. He’s in here on the weekends. I wasn’t even here this past weekend, my kid was in here. I don’t know how that happened but he was in there I think with Fitzy’s (Craig Fitzgerald) kids and saw Deshaun in there, ‘Hey dad, Deshaun was in there.’”
This has been echoed by many in the organization regarding Watson, with words like humble, hard-working, and motivated attached to his name.
Watson is using his time in Houston, plus other resources, to prepare for the upcoming season, just in case his number is called in 2017. The work ethic started prior to Clemson but he brought that mentality to college with him, always working to prove he was the starter. That is the same approach he is bringing to the Texans each and every day.
“It’s always big,” Watson said or preparing non-stop. “I want to be mentally sharp when I step on the field. I want to be able to operate the offense (and) be able to come out here and execute at a high level. I have to put the time in, pay my dues, so when I come out here, I’m ready and I can show what I have.”
Watson likes how his transition is going. The work with O’Brien and in the quarterback room are making it a positive environment for the young quarterback.
“Everything’s been going pretty smooth,” Watson explained of his transition into the Texans offense. “I’m getting a lot of help from Tom (Savage) and Brandon (Weeden). Just taking the reps that Coach OB (Bill O’Brien) is giving me and just taking advantage of my opportunity when my time comes. I’m getting better each and every day.”
It is clear that Watson is making himself at home with the Texans and the city of Houston. The work he is putting in is showing up on the field, especially with how much smoother
“The people here have been embracing me,” Watson explained. “I’ve been embracing the city, embracing this logo, being able to represent a great organization.”
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