Here is the first big test for Deshaun Watson: Franchise Quarterback. A deadly road matchup against a forever great defense that chews up and spits out young quarterbacks in their building. If Watson shreds the Legion Of Boom, you can begin engraving his name on that Rookie of the Year trophy.
Watson will be a fascinating quarterback to watch in the back half of his rookie season. Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus wrote a compelling piece this week that posited that traditional statistics don’t capture some of the shortcomings in Watson’s game this season. Per Palazzolo, Watson has missed too many open receivers, has been able to dodge the fallout of turnover-worthy plays, and has been aided by the lowest drop rate in the league by his receivers. In a nutshell: Watson has been special in flashes, but he’s also been lucky.
While the Titans and Cowboys have their offensive issues, the odds are still against San Francisco and Cleveland this week.
At 5 a.m. he rose, put on a brown custom suit and headed to 30th Street Station to meet up with teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith and to catch a train to Harrisburg. Two hours later, they arrived at the Pennsylvania Capitol for a full day of meetings with legislators to champion for various bills related to criminal justice reform.
This is what an off day can look like for NFL players around the league who have dedicated themselves to social activism.
On Oct. 17, Jenkins and Long were among those who traveled to New York to meet with NFL owners about ways they can work together on causes about which the players have been demonstrating during the pregame national anthem. This time, the meeting was with lawmakers. The players were joined by Omar Khan, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ vice president of football and business administration.