Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson makes his National Football League debut for Texans
Sep 13 2017 by Marjorie Miles
When the Houston Texans selected former Clemson quarterback in the first round (No. 12 overall) of April's National Football League draft, the question wasn't if he would be the team's starter. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Insider and James Palmer of NFL Network, the Texans opted to start Watson over Savage, making him the ninth quarterback to start under O'Brien since 2014, the most by any NFL team during that time. The first two games I watched Sunday were VERY disappointing as the Houston Texans versus the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars that was supposed to make Houstonians feel normal for three hours at NRG Stadium didn't, ending with a humiliating 29-7 loss.
Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a 4-yard touchdown pass to end a 14-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
Optimism ran high for a bit, but Watson quickly faded under the pressure the Jaguars defense brought in the backfield. Instead, Tom Savage struggled behind a porous line and was benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime with Houston down 19-0.
"We just weren't in sync".
Savage was under duress all afternoon on Sunday, completing only seven of his 13 passing attempts for 62 yards while being sacked six times by the Jacksonville Jaguars front seven.
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But it's the mostly the same unit that ranked No. 1 in total defense a year ago (301.3 yards per game) and No. 2 in passing defense (201.6).
But throughout the preseason, the Texans insisted Watson was the backup to starter Tom Savage. Watson finished his outing 12-for-23 with 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
But Savage started the game because he earned it.
The Texans will have a short week to try to shore up their offense.
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls missed the team's season opening loss to the Green Bay Packers due to an ankle injury, but head coach Pete Carroll said Rawls will be back and ready to play this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. The Texans look forward to playing Thursday.