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Deshaun Watson leading the way in virtual offseason

Houston Texans
27 May 2020, 19:02 GMT+10

Coming off back-to-back seasons with Pro Bowl honors, Deshaun Watson has a number of new weapons in the Texans revamped offense: Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and David Johnson who will join a diverse set of returning veterans led by Will Fuller V, Kenny Stills and the tight ends.

"I think Deshaun's excited," offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said. "I don't want to speak for him, but with the communication that we've had these however many days throughout this virtual offseason, he's come in with a great mindset, coming in, trying to get better at some areas and really take grasp of the offense. He's doing a great job as far as that's concerned."

During the Texans virtual offseason, Watson worked on building chemistry through Zoom meetings and communication. In addition to a new set of receivers, he'll working even more closely with Kelly, who will also oversee the quarterbacks.

"I think you always - if you're calling plays or you're a part of the play calling process, you want to make sure that you're seeing the game through same set of eyes as the quarterback, that you're all on the same page, that you all have the same vision of the play when the play gets called. That's something where as we continue to grow, that's going to be important," Kelly said.

Through his first three NFL seasons, Watson has thrown for 9,716 passing yards, 71 passing touchdowns, 1,233 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns in his 38 career games with 37 starts. In 2019, he earned his first playoff victory and started both postseason contests, totaling 635 passing yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, while rushing 20 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

It's an impressive start for the dynamic playmaker, who now also will have a starting offensive line that is returning in 2020, but the ceiling is still fairly high for the 24-year-old Watson.

"Yeah, there's things that Deshaun needs to get better at, as all of us need to improve on," Kelly said. "We've talked about that with him, coming out and being consistent and playing at that - he's set the bar so high, so it's really a challenge for him to be able to play at that level every time he steps on the field."

The Texans held their virtual offseason between April 27 and May 15, but due to COVID-19, NFL offseason programs precluded any on-field work or organized team activities (OTAs). Houston will open the 2020 regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, Sept 10.

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