Deshaun Watson clearly has a fan in Aaron Rodgers but the Packers quarterback thinks Watson will need to make a lot of adjustments in his second season.
Aaron Rodgers knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback. The good news for Texans fans is that the Packers signal caller is a big fan of what he’s seen of Deshaun Watson. On the other hand, he does think Watson is in line for his most difficult year as a pro.
Rodgers knows that teams facing Watson this season will have a lot more information to go on. Specifically, teams will have seven games of game tape to review. That should give opposing defenses a much better idea of Watson likes to do out on the field.
Rodgers think Watson will face his most difficult challenges in the division. Those teams will spend the most time focusing on the dynamic quarterback because they’ll need to play him twice a season. Bill O’Brien and the rest of the Texans coaching staff will have to break up their tendencies to keep opposing defenses off-balance.
The best thing about Watson’s game is that his athleticism makes him unpredictable. His speed gives him a chance to turn even the most mundane play call into a touchdown. Watson doesn’t necessarily execute each play how it’s originally intended to go.
That works out just fine for receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Both are excellent route runners, but they really excel at creating space in the open field. A lot of Watson’s biggest pass plays to both stars come when he escapes the pocket. That typically means his wide receivers are changing their routes on the fly.
Even so, Watson would be smart to take Rodgers’ advice to heart. He won’t be a novelty this season for the Texans. He enters the year firmly entrenched as the team’s starter. The team’s offensive success will largely depend on his ability to have a productive season.