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Deshaun Watson runs for touchdown in National Football League debut

11 Août 2017

What they do care about his how the quarterbacks on each team performed.

Watson played for more than two quarters of the preseason game; Tom Savage got the start and played just the first three series for Houston.

Watson went 15 of 25 for 179 yards against the Panthers.

It was "a typical first preseason game", according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

As I said, he was far from flawless, but what I saw I really liked. I thought he handled it pretty well. "Obviously, it was his first opportunity with those guys, so we just need to keep fine-tuning some things". "If they go out there and if they play well, maybe we'll take them out".

Activity in the Carolinas came to a screeching halt Wednesday night. That won't be a problem with the Texans' starting unit out there. "The highest level of this sport". However, Lynch is very talented, probably underrated, and has the potential to make those around him play a lot better than they actually are. I do expect to see Watson handle the starting job at some point this year, whether or not it's directly out of training camp is yet to be seen. At the end of the day, it's still football.

Until Wednesday, there hadn't been as many Clemson players on the field at Bank of America Stadium since the 2015 ACC Championship game.

But Watson brings the kind of athleticism to the table Savage just doesn't (or can't). "It means a lot to me".

Not terrible, but not great.

Savage was 2-of-3 for 14 yards and he was sacked twice.

Savage finished his night 9-of-11 passing for 69 yards. One of the best position battles in camp is at kicker.

Since we're talking quarterbacks, we might as well look at what the Panthers put on the field.

"You've been away from playing against another team for so long that I was extremely excited", McCaffrey said.

Kelvin Benjamin had Carolina's other touchdown on a 23-yard reception from Derek Anderson in the opening quarter. Watson consistently showed trouble with his deep ball and having a lack of touch beyond 10 yards. Now, in Webb's defense of his roster spot, he's a fast and talented guy. But for now, the Texans have done a great job getting the first "O'Brien" quarterback ready for a long National Football League career.

However, veteran Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain revealed after practice on Thursday that the former Clemson superstar has not yet taken a snap with the first team offense.

Among the things he saw: A breakout performance by wide receiver Damiere Byrd, who is fighting for a job in a crowded receivers group. "Going three years with him on the same team, seeing him on the opposite sideline was weird". Johnathan Stewart continues as a solid backfield presence, along with Christian McCaffrey and Fozzy Whittaker.

Never mind that the Panthers won the game, Watson flashed enough promise that Texans fans, long thirsty for a quarterback, were hopeful.

The Texans are absolutely loaded at running back. How has he looked and how creatively has the offense used him?

Deshaun Watson runs for touchdown in National Football League debut