The Facts: Watson's not rehabbing anything this offseason. Which means he can focus on getting better. The Texans’ third-year quarterback lost much of last year’s program to recovery from his torn ACL, and HC Bill O’Brien said he thinks having Watson on the field this offseason will make “a big difference” for the team.
Diehards Line: “I don’t think [Watson] has a ceiling,” O’Brien said on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I think that it’s hard to put a ceiling on a guy like that because of who he is, how he works, his ability, his skill set [and] his passion for the game. He has had, now this season, a whole offseason of no limitations and coming back to the offseason program, a full go, can do everything. Training camp, full go. Last year, that wasn’t the case. He was limited in training camp, limited in the offseason program, so now he’ll have a full offseason, which I think will be big.” Watson played through rib and lung problems last year, but didn’t miss a game. He was also sacked a league-high 62 times, and the Texans haven’t necessarily fixed that this offseason). But O’Brien thinks Watson can make strides in his own play after completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 4.165 yards last season. Having him able to work with his teammates is a great starting point for that.