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Texans open preseason at Carolina

Texans open preseason at Carolina

Houston's first-round draft pick looked comfortable in the pocket, stepping up to avoid pressure and getting rid of the football in a timely manner.

Watson completed 15 of his 25 pass attempts, netting 179 yards while playing well over half the game.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson, wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, safety Marcus Gilchrist and defensive tackle D.J. Reader were suited up for the Texans, while linebacker Ben Boulware provided the Clemson presence for the Panthers. The league suspended him for the first three games of the 2015 season for violating its substance-abuse policy. When he replaced RGIII, McCown posted a passer rating of 72.3 and went 0-3.

A similar play midway through the second quarter where Watson rolled out and threw down the field emphasized the lack of touch as he overthrew Wendall Williams.

Some 72,000 fans bought tickets for the Carolina Panthers' preseason matchup with the Houston Texans at Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday night - thousands of them filing through the streets of downtown Charlotte to catch a glimpse of football once again. So, yeah, it'd be kind of nice to have the guy throwing those passes for more than just a few days of training camp so far this calendar year, what with the regular season a month away. This probably deserves its own post, but my feeling at this point is that O'Brien is committing coaching malpractice if he doesn't mix in some reps with the first team for Watson over the next two weeks. "But I thought both guys had their moments". There was a reason why he was picked, why we traded up to get him and ultimately why he will do great things for this organization. But even that gaudy number couldn't separate him from his unpolished route running, small frame - 5-foot-9, 180 pounds - and lack of production - just 68 catches and 10 touchdowns in four seasons with the Gamecocks. Watson continued to show excellent accuracy with short range throws, while missing open receivers down the field with several overthrows. Blue ran for 33 yards on seven carries including a 16-yard touchdown, while Miller carried two times for no yards. "That's what I want to accomplish on Wednesday, and then protect the ball".

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These are three of the key takeaways from the Carolina Panthers first preseason game. The deep ball accuracy is still an issue, and the lack of touch comes with it.

O'Brien said having Savage and Weeden has been good for Watson's development.

Coming out from under center Watson's footwork still needs refinement, which is expected coming out of Clemson. That was all the Panthers needed to see of him as he sat the rest of the night.

In the Texans' entire franchise history, they have not had a quarterback that inspired a lot of excitement. I do expect to see Watson handle the starting job at some point this year, whether or not it's directly out of training camp is yet to be seen.


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