It’s been three seasons now that we have watched Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson seemingly make a way when there was nothing there.
You almost take it for granted that either with his arm or legs that Watson will make something happen. But what has made his playmaking ability even more heroic these last couple of weeks is that he is leading the Texans to wins with one eye and who knows for how much longer.
A lot of quarterbacks with four eyes can’t do what he is doing with one – finding receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills in the tightest of windows or finding the slightest to rush through – which is why we are perhaps watching greatness unfold in front of our eyes without fulling appreciating it. Many of us thought Watson might be out for a while after being kicked in the left eye a couple of weeks ago against the Raiders, but instead he remained in that game and threw the crucial touchdown to rally the Texans to victory.
Then with a bloodshot red eye and no special protection in London, he put forth another masterful performance in leading his team to a win over Jacksonville that now has the 6-3 Texans in possession of first place in the AFC South going into the bye week.
“I think that Deshaun’s playing at a really good level right now, a really high level,” said Texans coach Bill O’Brien. “I think he understands what we’re trying to do. He’s making really good decisions with the ball. He’s managing the game; he’s managing the clock. He’s doing a really good job of just running the offense.”
Watson is doing this all on pure heart. And as far as he is concerned even with one eye there is no holding back his game. He is on a mission and that is to get the Texans to the Super Bowl.
“There’s no limits on that,” said Watson. “There’s a lot of football left, a lot of opportunities left so there’s going to be a lot more, a lot more fun plays and a lot more crazy throws and all kinds of stuff. I just kind of react and the more people try to get me down, the more crazy it will get for sure.”
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