The Facts: Explosive. That is how Watson envisions the Houston Texans offense in 2019. “Whoever is touching the ball on each possession can make something happen,” Watson said. “We’re all confident that we’re going to be on the same page, great chemistry, have some fun and try to light up the scoreboard as much as we can.”
Watson, now in his third season, may be the biggest X-factor when it comes to the offense. With 23 games under his belt and a full, healthy offseason to work on the field, the Texans starting quarterback has also shown significant growth as a signal caller. HC Bill O’Brien says that meetings with new quarterbacks coach Carl Smith and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly were productive over the nine-week offseason program and Watson agrees. “I feel like I’m ahead of where I was, of course, last year,” Watson said. “Just decision making, operation of the offense, being able to do things that I couldn’t do a year before and definitely my rookie year. ...” In 2017, Watson completed 126-of-204 passes (61.8 percent) for 1,699 yards and a single-season rookie franchise record 19 touchdowns in seven games with six starts. In his last nine games, Watson was 193-for-264 (73.1 percent) for 2,228 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 115.2 passer rating. He led the NFL in passer rating from Weeks 8-17. So the thought of some improvement is obviously exciting.