|ADP:||Round: 4, Pick: 6|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||September 14, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (12)|
There is a belief around the Texans organization that Watson has played his last snap with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: There has been a rift forming between Watson and Texans chairman Cal McNair, which intensified when McNair left Watson out of the hiring process that ultimately landed general manager Nick Caserio. Houston is yet to hire a head coach, but it appears Watson will want out regardless of who ultimately takes that job. The Texans would likely receive a robust trade package in return for Watson should the team opt to go that route, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the Dolphins are the most likely landing spot in such a scenario given the team's ample draft capital and Watson's admiration for coach Brian Flores.
Watson completed 28 of 39 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans. He also added 12 rushing yards on three carries.
Analysis: The fourth-year QB once again put together a heroic effort that ended up going for naught due to Houston's woeful defense. Watson finished his best-yet campaign with career highs in passing yards (4,823), passing TDs (33), completion rate (70.2 percent), and YPA (8.9) plus a career low in INTs (seven). He'll now wait to see who his new head coach and offensive coordinator will be in 2021, and whether the incoming brain trust will be able to assemble a better roster around him.
Interim head coach Romeo Crennel reiterated Friday that he plans to have Watson start the Texans' Week 17 game against the Titans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Yes, I expect him to play. I expect him to play and help us win," Crennel said of Watson. "If we're up by 50 at halftime, then maybe I'll take him out."
Analysis: Though Watson appeared to hurt his arm late in last week's loss to the Bengals, he wasn't listed on the Texans' Week 17 injury report, implying that the team is comfortable with where he stands on the health front. Aside from potentially playing spoiler to a playoff-hopeful divisional rival in the season finale, the 4-11 Texans wouldn't seem to have much on the line, but that apparently won't result in Watson being rested at any point if the game remains reasonably competitive. With that in mind, Watson should rank as one of the stronger fantasy plays of the Week 17 slate, especially with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger and Jared Goff (thumb) already confirmed to be sitting out their team's respective finales.
Watson (arm) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: Watson spent time on the ground in pain after taking a sack late during last weekend's loss to the Bengals, but it appears as though he's avoided any sort of noteworthy injury. The 25-year-old signal-caller appears fully on track for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Titans.
Houston interim head coach Romeo Crennel said Watson (arm) will play Week 17 against Tennessee if he's healthy, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Watson uttered a similar sentiment following last Sunday's game, after he was sacked and hit the ground with his right arm in pain. And now the head coach confirms Watson will play if there are no setbacks over the week.
Watson (arm) said he expects to play Week 17 against the Titans, Jordan Cohn of 97.1 FM The Ticket reports.
Analysis: Watson injured his arm/elbow on a strip-sack late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but he came back out on the field for Houston's final two snaps in the closing seconds. While the quarterback said he'll be fine for Week 17, interim coach Romeo Crennel sounded more cautious, noting that the team's medical staff will need to evaluate Watson before any decisions are made. AJ McCarron has been Houston's backup QB all season, so he'd likely get the nod for Week 17 if Watson ends up being ruled out. The Texans also have Josh McCown on their roster, but he's been a healthy scratch ever since signing with the team in early November.
Watson completed 24 of 33 passes for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Texans' 37-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 38 yards and committed two fumbles, losing one on a play where he appeared to suffer an arm injury that he'll have further evaluated, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Dropping back to throw on a play that started at his own 40-yard line with 1:35 remaining and the Texans down by three, Watson was hit by Sam Hubbard while his arm was still cocked back to throw, leading to a fumble and what appeared to be a potentially serious injury for the Pro Bowl quarterback. However, after the Bengals tacked on a field goal, Watson was able to come back into the contest for Houston's final series, completing passes to Brandin Cooks and Chad Hansen on the final two plays from scrimmage. Therefore, Wilson separately reports coach Romeo Crennel relayed doctors didn't think Watson had any "major issue", but the team will naturally perform its due diligence on its most important player. Assuming all checks out well, Watson is likely to be back under center for the Texans' regular-season finale against the Titans in Week 17.
Watson completed 33 of 41 pass attempts for 373 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 15 against the Colts. He added 25 yards as a rusher.
Analysis: The Texans were able to get very little going on the ground, leaving nearly the entire offensive burden on Watson's shoulders. He delivered nonetheless, finding Chad Hansen and Keke Coutee for touchdowns of 38 and nine yards respectively. Even lacking his top receiver for the last three games, Watson has topped 300 yards twice. He faces an exploitable Bengals' defense in Week 16 and should in line for another big effort.
Watson left Sunday's game for one play after taking a hit on the elbow during a 36-7 loss to the Bears, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Houston interim head coach Romeo Crennel colloquially referred to the injury as Watson's "funny bone," and the quarterback worked it around to get the feeling back before returning for the team's next offensive series. Following the game, Watson said he was not injured and was determined to the finish the game. He also dismissed suggestions that he should rest for the remainder of the season since Houston is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
Watson completed 21 of 30 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Texans' 36-7 loss to the Bears on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 38 yards.
Analysis: With the Pro Bowl quarterback down another weapon in Brandin Cooks (neck/foot), he found offensive continuity particularly difficult to come by against a Bears defense that was able to hone in on a narrower pool of potential targets. Watson didn't connect with any pass catcher for more than Chad Hansen's 56 yards, and the fact running back Duke Johnson had the second-most receiving yards (53) for Houston on the afternoon was a testament on how effective Chicago was in forcing short passes throughout the afternoon. Watson also took six sacks and was hit 11 times overall, even exiting the game for a play late in the third quarter after being takend down to the ground hard by Roquan Smith. The Clemson product would return to start the next drive just over a minute later, however, and finished the contest without further issues. Watson and his teammates will look to bounce back in a Week 15 road matchup against the division-rival Colts.
Watson completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 341 yards and one interception while carrying seven times for 38 yards along with a touchdown during Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: While Watson threw his first interception in seven games and took a sack for a safety, his largest error came when he fumbled the snap deep in Colts territory in the final moments with a chance to win the game. He was quite adept as a passer, completing 68 percent of his passes en route to his third-best yardage output of the season, but he finished without a touchdown pass for the first time on the campaign. Watson piled up yardage without the suspended Will Fuller and should be able to do so again next Sunday despite another tough matchup against the Bears.
Watson completed 17 of 25 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Thursday's 41-25 win over the Lions.
Analysis: He also added 24 rushing yards on eight carries, and tossed a two-point conversion to Keke Coutee. Watson benefitted from some good field position thanks to turnovers and had plenty of time in the pocket, allowing him to take apart a battered Detroit secondary. Watson thrown multiple TDs in eight of his last nine starts and gone over 300 passing yards in six of his last eight, but the Texans' schedule gets a lot tougher starting in Week 13 with a home tilt against the Colts.
Watson completed 28 of 37 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-20 win over New England. He added 36 yards and a touchdown on six rushing attempts.
Analysis: Watson threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the first quarter, then barreled over a pair of Patriots defenders for a four-yard touchdown run to give his team a 14-10 lead in the second. He had a would-be highlight reel touchdown to Brandin Cooks wiped out by an ineligible man downfield but connected with Keke Coutee for a six-yard touchdown four plays later to take a 21-10 lead into the locker room. Watson failed to find the end zone in the second half but continued to rack up yardage, topping 300 yards for the fifth time in his last seven games. The star quarterback will look to keep rolling against the Lions on Thanksgiving.
Watson completed 20 of 30 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 10-7 loss to Cleveland. He added eight carries for 36 yards.
Analysis: There was a half-hour weather delay prior to kickoff, and Watson never really got going once the teams took the field on a windy, rainy afternoon in Cleveland. He failed to lead Houston to any points through three quarters, coming up short on a 4th-and-goal quarterback draw early in the second quarter on the pivotal play in that stretch. Watson finally got his team on the board with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown to cap a 90-yard drive with under five minutes remaining, but Cleveland ran out the clock after that point. The dual-threat quarterback finished 90 passing yards short of his previous season low and tied his season low in touchdowns, but he should benefit from less challenging elements at home against the Patriots in Week 11.
Watson and the Texans will have to cope with rain and wind in Sunday's game at Cleveland, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Watson has been terrific over the past six weeks, never falling below a 109 passer rating, but the downfield passing game will be challenged Sunday. The forecast for the 1:00 ET kickoff in Cleveland predicts winds gusting up to 30-35 MPH with rain likely during the early window. The wind could play an issue in how the Texans plan to attack when throwing the ball. It could result in a shorter passing attack, one that favors tight ends and routes close to the line of scrimmage. It could mean a greater reliance on the ground game, too. Watson is averaging 297 passing yards per game in 2020.
Watson completed 19 of 32 pass attempts for 281 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Jaguars. He also chipped in 10 carries for 50 yards.
Analysis: Watson picked apart the Jaguars' defense for multiple long touchdowns. His performance began with a 57-yard touchdown toss to Brandin Cooks -- most of which came after the catch. His other score came midway through the third quarter, when he connected with Will Fuller deep down the right sideline for a 77-yard completion. In addition to the strong performance with his arm, Watson logged a season-best 50 yards on the ground, his highest mark in a regular-season contest since Week 17 of the 2018 campaign. Watson and the Texans will look to continue to showcase offensive explosiveness in Week 10 against the Browns.
Watson completed 29 of 39 pass attempts for 309 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the Packers. He also added seven rushes for 38 yards.
Analysis: Watson couldn't keep pace with Aaron Rodgers but managed to reach 300 passing yards for the fourth consecutive game. While he was able to average 7.9 yards per attempt, Watson didn't gash the Packers for many long plays, with the longest gain coming on a dump off to Duke Johnson for 30 yards. He also threw multiple touchdowns for fifth consecutive contest, finding the end zone on passes from three and six yards respectively. Watson and the Texans will draw their bye in Week 8, but will retake the field to take on Jacksonville in Week 9.
Watson completed 28 of 37 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Titans. He also rushed four times for 26 yards.
Analysis: Watson kept his team in the game with a one-yard touchdown to Darren Fells on fourth down to cut the deficit to 14-7 in the second quarter. That play loomed large after the Houston offense turned it on in the second half, with Watson adding touchdowns to Randall Cobb (four yards), Will Fuller (53 yards) and Brandin Cooks (one yard). Unfortunately for the Texans, Tennessee tied the game up with four seconds left in regulation, then won the coin toss in overtime and ended the game before Watson could touch the ball again. Watson got off to a slow start, with a 4:3 TD:INT and no 300-yard passing games in the first three weeks, but he has bounced back with three consecutive 300-yard passing performances and a 9:2 TD:INT in the past three games heading into a Week 7 date with the Packers.
Watson completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 359 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 5 against the Jaguars. He also added 25 yards on the ground.
Analysis: Watson threw an interception in each half, but otherwise had little trouble marching the Texans down the field. He accounted for all three of the team's scores, logging touchdown passes of 44, 19 and 28 yards -- connecting with three different receivers. The effort marks Watson's second consecutive game reaching 300 passing yards and third consecutive contest with multiple passing scores. Watson will draw a stiffer test in Week 6, as he and the Texans will square off against Tennessee.
Watson completed 20 of 33 attempts with 300 passing yards and two touchdowns, also adding nine rushing yards on five carries during Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback blew past his previous season-high in passing yardage while also throwing multiple TDs for a second consecutive outing, but Watson's rushing floor has remained low since he accumulated 27 yards and a TD on the ground Week 1. Watson averaged 482 rushing yards and six rushing TDs between 2018 and 2019, but so far this season, that component has been largely absent from his game. Watson has just 31 rushing yards the past three weeks, while he hasn't logged a performance of three passing TDs since Dec. 1 of last year. Week 5 offers a chance for Watson to get back on track, as he faces a Jaguars defense that surrendered 505 offensive yards and 33 points to Cincinnati on Sunday.
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