Pendergast: Deshaun Watson "Criminally Underrated"

The NFL community isn't grasping how good Watson is, Sean Pendergast says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
August 06, 2019 - 8:58 am
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Deshaun Watson had a tremendous 2018 season. He played 16 games and completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Houston’s 610 host Sean Pendergast believes Watson will take another step forward in 2019.

“It’s his camp. It’s his team, which is what should happen in Year 3 with a franchise quarterback, but it’s very palpable with him,” Pendergast said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. "He’s great, and he’s going to be great. I think he’s being criminally underrated by the NFL community when I see that he’s 51st on the Top 100 and things like that. When I see Baker Mayfield in front of him on these lists, I just scratch my head. Do people realize what Deshaun was operating with last year offensively, especially with the offensive line? So it begins and ends with Deshaun Watson.”

The Texans finished 11th in scoring offense (25.1 points per game) and fourth in scoring defense (19.8 points per game) last season en route to winning the AFC South. Houston will need another strong season from the defense, particularly J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.

“Defensively, the front seven is what’s going to carry the day,” Pendergast said. “There’s a lot of questions in the secondary. The strength of the defense is going to be in the front seven, but they play a ton of really good quarterbacks this year, so that secondary is going to get tested.”

The Texans’ first seven games are against Drew Brees, Nick Foles, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck.

“It’s the Colts’ division right now, but I think the Texans are right there,” Pendergast said. “I think Jacksonville is intriguing with Foles, but Tennessee, until they figure out quarterback, I don’t really see them as a threat.”

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