The Texans had the same number of wins with Deshaun Watson as they did without him 4.
I am not sure exactly what that means, but it is something to consider when his QB coach Quincy Avery says the reason the Texans were so bad in Watson’s last season was because he was throwing to Walmart greeters.
The only problem with that quote is that it isn’t accurate at all. The Houston Chronicle has more.
“(People) might have forgot that his last year in Houston, when he played, he was carrying like three guys who could have been working at your local Walmart at the receiver position and he went absolutely berserk,” Avery said. “If he gets on a team with any sort of talent around him, somebody’s going to have to really watch out.”
Watson hasn’t played a game since he was throwing to those “Walmart” receivers. After leading the league with 4,823 passing yards on a team that went 4-12 in 2020, Watson demanded a trade and later was accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil lawsuits filed by massage therapists. In addition to the civil suits, eight women also filed police reports, which are still being investigated. The Texans are trying to trade Watson before the NFL Draft begins April 28.
The Texans’ leading receivers in Watson’s last season on the field were Brandin Cooks (81 catches, 1,150 yards), Will Fuller (53 catches, 879 yards) and Randall Cobb (38 catches, 441 yards). The 28-year-old Cooks has had six 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his eight-year career, including last season with Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills throwing to him. Will Fuller was a 2016 first-round draft pick, who signed a one-year, $10.6 million contract with the Dolphins last offseason. The 31-year-old Cobb was a Pro Bowl receiver in Green Bay, who is on the back end of his career, catching 28 balls in 12 games last season after the Texans traded him to the Packers for a sixth-round pick.
Cooks has always been a consistent threat no matter who has been throwing him the ball. Fuller and Cobb are very competent wide receivers, so that wasn’t the unit that was to blame and hard to say Watson carried them when they had similar numbers without Watson.
With that being said Watson is one of the better young QBs in the NFL and teams seem to be ready to overlook his massage fetishes if that means he can win them games.
Flip the pages for the podcast where Avery made the comments and more on Watson’s happy endings.