Although Tom Savage started the 2017 preseason as the Houston Texans starting quarterback, all eyes were on the team’s second-string quarterback, Deshaun Watson. After trading up in the 2017 draft, the Houston Texans bought in to Watson. Fans and media have since waited to see what Deshaun would do in his NFL debut.
The rookie did not look like one on Wednesday night. Playing for nearly half the game, Watson showed poise and moxie against the Carolina Panthers. He showed athleticism and mobility that wasn’t shown from Savage in the game. Playing close to his college school, Clemson University, Watson had an impressive debut. He went 15-of-25 passing for 179 yards. Additionally, he scored his first NFL touchdown on a 15-yard touchdown run:
Give @deshaunwatson an opening and … he gone! 💨
— NFL (@NFL) August 10, 2017
All in all, it was a very good outing for the quarterback in his first NFL appearance. One that even drew praise from former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst Steve Mariucci:
— Steve Mariucci (@SteveMariucci) August 10, 2017
Houston Texans QB Situation:
While the team remains committed to letting Watson develop and learn behind Tom Savage, they may begin wavering on that stance. Savage looked slow with his movements and progressions in the pocket, and lacks the level of athleticism that Watson brings. Furthermore, Watson looked experienced out on the field. Watson’s experience was one of the main reasons against starting him early. It will be interesting to see how the team views their quarterback situation going forward.