The Texans are almost ready for their first pre-season game. Can you feel it in the air? Can you smell it? That’s the sweet smell of football baby. Yesterday night marked the return of NFL football, with the Cowboys and Cardinals in the Hall Of Fame game. The Texans play next week on Wednesday against the Panthers. The city of Houston is ready.
All eyes will be on Deshaun Watson on his first NFL debut. Watson will likely get a lot of snaps next week to get a feel for the system after Tom Savage and the first team get their couple of reps away. Next week is when all the fans will finally see what people in training camp were raving about. Watson is not perfect, nor is he anything near perfect. He’s an imperfect beauty. He is still a rookie, he can easily still play the rookie card and have time to develop. Many people who were focused on the training camp battle between Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson noticed one thing, Deshaun has that special pass that Tom Savage has yet to show in practice. Everyone who has attended always cites the 1-3 passes a camp that Deshaun has that makes you sit there and go “wow”. They say Tom just doesn’t have those throws, but he is still doing great. This is exciting to see, since we can see what Deshaun can do if he develops into more of a threat.
The best thing about this team? Easily the defense. When led by Watt, or Clowney, this defense has done some scary things. This year, might be the year where JJ and Clowney and play alongside together 100% healthy and developed in skill (in regards to Clowney). Our secondary lost an important piece in AJ Bouye, but Kevin Johnson is finally healthy to make that opening not look as bad. Brian Cushing is coming out of training camp supposedly looking 10 years younger. HE has been filling holes, rushing well and tackling like he’s the young linebacker from USC again. This defense was scary last year, and was the main reason this team even made the playoffs. Now, it looks like the defense and the offense can become a threat this year. I’m not saying we are winning the Super Bowl, but this team is setup to do well in the postseason.
This team has the potential to finish 12-4 and get as far as the AFC championship (sorry but Tom Brady is Tom Brady, there’s no stopping him really). We might be able to finish with a top 10 defense and offense if Bill O’Brien can coach the offense correctly, unlikely Godsey last season. The talent is there, the big question is, is the coaching and play calling there? We will find out Wednesday how well our rookies have developed, and how good Deshaun might look in a Texans uniform come Wednesday.