The Facts: Watson won’t have DeAndre Hopkins to throw to anymore. The Texans traded Hopkins in the offseason, and he and his 632 catches for 8,602 yards and 54 touchdowns are now in Arizona. The Texans instead added receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb and running back David Johnson. “We’re excited about the veteran weapons, the new weapons that we have,” Watson said. “Over the past couple of years, we haven’t had too much veteran depth, especially in the receiving room. For us to get a couple of guys to come in and be able to help us produce and play a lot of football, not just to elevate their game but our game as a whole organization as a whole offense and as a quarterback, I’m very excited about it. I’m looking forward to it.”
Diehards Line:The Texans traded with the Rams for Cooks. They signed Cobb as a free agent. They traded for Johnson in the deal with the Cardinals for Hopkins. The three have combined for 1,135 catches for 14,301 yards and 93 touchdowns, while Johnson also has added 781 career rushes for 3,128 yards and 33 touchdowns. Watson praised GM/coach Bill O’Brien and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, who will call the plays this season and noted the high-end QBs the newcomers played with. “Those guys played with — like Cooks played with Jared Goff who played in the Super Bowl," Watson said. "Tom Brady, Drew Brees, same with Cobb playing with Aaron Rodgers and Dak [Prescott]. I can learn so much from those guys, and they have seen so much. Mentally, [they can help] take my game to another level. ...” We'll see.