Since entering the league, quarterback Deshaun Watson has made a significant impact in his short time with the Houston Texans. He has emerged as one of the top talents at his position while leading the Texans to a large amount of success. That also put Watson in a prominent place as one of the leaders in the locker room in Houston. Ahead of the wildcard matchup against the Buffalo Bills, he put his leadership on display in a unique fashion.
Deshaun Watson’s hot start to NFL career
Watson entered the NFL with a significant amount of expectations around him after experiencing a tremendous amount of success at the collegiate level with Clemson.
He quickly made the most of his opportunity with Texans grabbing ahold of the starting job in his rookie campaign. Despite a torn ACL cutting his first year short, Watson made it clear that he could become their franchise quarterback.
The 24-year-old has continued to take steps forward in development as he has become one of the most dynamic talents in the league who has continued to break NFL records along the way. Watson has become a highly productive quarterback with his arm and legs, which saw him amass north of 3,800 passing yards and 26 touchdowns along with more than 400 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his first two full seasons.
It has also seen him embrace and step up as one of the leaders of the team, which he recently put forth another prime example of fulfilling that responsibility in his own way.
Deshaun Watson’s leadership
The Texans are headed to the playoffs for the second straight year behind an AFC South division title with a wildcard matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
It will be another pivotal showdown that could see the Texans make a run at a deep playoff push. In the days ahead of the game, veteran running back Carlos Hyde revealed that Watson had sent a motivational text message to the entire offense to pump them up, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
“Deshaun sent a mass text out to the offense, that was something different, just telling guys, ‘Let’s be great,’ before practice,” running back Carlos Hyde said. “That was something that was different.”
Watson has taken on the leadership role and has garnered a great deal of respect from his teammates. The Texans will need to be honed in with the challenge of facing one of the league’s best defenses that could come down to their offense being the difference to pull out the win.
Bills defense poses huge challenge to Deshaun Watson, Texans
The Texans worked their way into holding home-field advantage in the wildcard matchup against the Bills.
It has been a 2019 season has been filled with plenty of ups and downs, but the one contest has remained the play from Watson. The Texans will rely on him to head the charge as he looks to bounce back from last year’s porous showing in last year’s wildcard loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Buffalo may not have a potent offense, but it has been their defense that has anchored their success, ranking second, allowing 16.2 points per game, fourth against the pass and third in total defense. Their defense limited their opponents to under 20 points all but three times. The Bills may be limping into the playoffs after dropping their last two regular-season games, but that shouldn’t make them any less of a threat.
Ultimately, it’s a game in which the Texans will need Watson to lead with his arm and legs to help them grab their first playoff win in three years.