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Deshaun Watson is back and starting at quarterback. J.J. Watt also is running around
Health has yet to translate into victories for the Houston Texans.Watson threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns Sunday D.J. Reader Jersey , but he made a mistake that absorbed the final 17 seconds in a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.Watson, who was making his eighth NFL start after missing the last part of his rookie season with a right knee injury, said he should have thrown the ball away instead of running around looking for a receiver. He found DeAndre Hopkins for a 31-yard completion to the Tennessee 21, but time expired before the Texans could run another play."I tried to take a shot," Watson said. "We didn't have any timeouts, and they guarded the sideline very well, so my instincts took over and I tried to get the ball and time ran out."Coach Bill O'Brien said they were trying to get into field goal range."We've got to do a better job of coaching that play up," O'Brien said.Houston went 4-12 last season. Watson, Watt and Mercilus were among the 22 Texans on injured reserve by the end of the year.The Texans (0-2) lost right tackle Seantrel Henderson with a broken ankle after this season's opener, but they currently are healthier than they were for a big chunk of 2017.Slow starts hurt Houston in each of its first two games. New England led 21-6 at halftime in the opener, and Tennessee led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a fake punt and a little wildcat to help make up for the absence of quarterback Marcus Mariota and its top three offensive tackles."Can't put my finger on it," O'Brien said of the slow starts. "Hopefully, I'll be able to figure it out soon, but that's just not good enough."Will Fuller V returned after missing the opener, and he caught eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins had 110 yards receiving and a TD. Lamar Miller averaged 4.9 yards a carry as Houston outgained Tennessee 437-283 in total offense.But one drive ended when Watson was intercepted in the end zone on a pass Adoree Jackson took away from DeAndre Hopkins. Ka'imi Fairbairn was short on a 54-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.Against Tennessee, the Texans played without linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and defensive end Christian Covington because of injuries. The Titans started their backup quarterback in Blaine Gabbert and had Tyler Marz making his NFL debut at right tackle against Watt 鈥?the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.Houston sacked Gabbert only once while giving up four sacks of Watson. The Texans also managed only two hits on Gabbert.Watt credited the Titans with throwing quickly and using running backs and tight ends to help slow down the Texans' pass rush. Watt finished with six tackles, including two tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble."They had a good game plan," Watt said. "They knew that they had their guys out, so they had a game plan put together that they didn't need to protect against a pass rush like ours. So you have to give them credit."They head back to Houston and will host the New York Giants in their home opener."Right now probably the flood gates are open, everybody has an opinion right now," Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. "We just have to take it one game at a time. You get one win and all of a sudden everything starts to head in the other direction."Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalkerRed Zone Play: Texans Looking For Excitement In The Details Last weekend’s game against the 49ers was hardly an offensive explosion, nor was it much of a defensive slugfest. In fact Authentic Christian Covington Jersey , the game as a whole wasn’t exactly one of those “greatest games in history” sort of events. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t a handful of flashes, or explosively bright points in an otherwise ho-hum game. Sign up for Battle Red Blog FanPulse!Since most preseason games are generally about evaluation (from individual performances, position group effectiveness, scheme work and situational play rehearsals), it’s easy to get bored as a fan since the stakes aren’t high and the drama of real team competition never really rises to a climax like it does in the regular season and the NFL Playoffs. Still, there were a fair amount of reasons to get pumped aboutcertain details throughout the game. Here’s a few that stood out for me in a good way:Duke Ejiofor – this kid just continues to get after it. While his impact slowed a bit as the game went on, can you imagine what happens in the regular season when the only person between him and an opposing skill player with the ball is a tight end or tailback? With all the attention his more accomplished teammates will demand, Ejiofor is poised to have one of the best rookie seasons for a Texans edge rusher since J.J. Watt. With either Jadeveon Clowney, Watt or Whitney Mercilus commanding a double-team on every snap, Ejiofor is going to get more than his fair share of shots this year and I for one am totally okay with that. Bruce Ellington – Year Two looks good on Ellington. Sure, chances are he’ll never make us forget about Andre Johnson, but when he’s combined with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V, Ellington is going to make some plays. Just like Ejiofor, he’s going to be the guy who slides into perfect opportunities simply due to basic math; if you’re busy doubling the star players, guys like Ellington are going to make you pay for it. Seeing that Deshaun Watson is already comfortable using Ellington as his go-to guy, and knowing he has great chemistry with Nuk and Fuller, this explosive offense might just be even more so this season. Joe Webb – I remember when he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and hailed with the same sort of praise Braxton Miller received when he was selected by Houston. A dual-threat sort of guy who could be that Swiss Army knife player that allowed the offensive coordinator to dream up all sorts of non-standard plays. [Obrazek: nike_texans_540.jpg]
While neither Webb or Miller has lived up to that hype, Webb seems capable of not losing a game while running an offense customized to Deshaun Watson’s strengths. There will almost surely never come a day when Webb is at Watson’s level, but knowing he can run a streamlined version of the same offense makes far more sense than erecting a statue of Tom Savage in the pocket should Watson be unable to take the field for any reason. Now here are a few observations that aren’t quite as exciting, or even happy, or anything remotely resembling a #GoTexans sort of thing鈥?Kevin Johnson – chances are I speak for a lot of people when I say it’s time to close the curtain on the Kevin Johnson experiment. We have enough tape on him to realize his technique is flawed.Hs coverage skills – both man and zone – aren’t up to the level necessary to be a starter in the NFL.His inability to take care of his body “in flight” is worrisome. While I certainly hope he recovers fully from his latest injury, I also would be fine if a spot on the final 53-man roster wasn’t held for Johnson. Maybe he can salvage what’s left of his career if he lands with a team that has a defensive back guru on the coaching staff Youth Tyrann Mathieu Jersey , but it seems clear that sort of coach isn’t wearing Battle Red and Deep Steel Blue. Braxton Miller – speaking of ending the experiment, it’s time for Miller to seek greener pastures as well. With the potential rookie receiver Keke Coutee offers, the consistency Bruce Ellington brings to the field, and the presence of seasoned veteran Sammie Coates, Houston no longer has the luxury of waiting for Miller to achieve his potential. I have to admit I was very wrong about Miller when Houston drafted him, as I saw all sorts of wildcat possibilities with him in the backfield alongside Lamar Miller and Will Fuller; those never occurred, and Miller just can’t seem to do the one thing he needs to do consistently: get open and catch the ball. Secondary – it’s hard to know how this unit is going to perform when the snaps start really counting, since there’s not been any consistency so far in who is on the field and when. And maybe putting Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Aaron Colvin, Justin Reid and Tyrann Mathieu on the field together play after play will make a big difference. But if the unit performs the same as they did last weekend, allowing Jimmy Garoppolo to dice up the secondary seemingly at will, Tom Brady will hang 30+ points on them by halftime when Week One rolls around. Now, obviously, there are a lot of variables at play here, from reduced pass rush pressures, to guys learning their rolls, to coming off a week where the teams scrimmaged each other daily, but that sort of performance will require Watson and company to put up 35+ points a game just to hang in there. What did you see? Find a few pluses and minuses of your own? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.
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