The emergence of Deshaun Watson has been impressive, without question.
After a remarkable durable start to his National Football League career, the last two seasons have not been kind to JJ Watt. The Houston Texans' legend plans to make sure relief gets to the people in Houston who need it most and funds are used in the most practical way.
The 42-34 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was the least of the team's worries on Sunday. But having Watson as the new fresh "face of the franchise" is a considerable consolation.
In a few short weeks, the Texans have gone from a team with an elite defense and anemic offense to having a great offense and no defense.
Losing Watt for an extended period of time is obviously a massive blow for the Texans' defense.
The reference, naturally, was to the Chiefs trading up to 10th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft to pick Smith's successor, Patrick Mahomes, a move that some believe stoked a fire under Smith. Teicher states that "The Chiefs are 8-1 against quarterbacks in their first season as starters since Andy Reid arrived as head coach and Bob Sutton as defensive coordinator in 2013".
On the first drive of the game, Watt rushed Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith when he fell to the ground in immediate pain. Watson is the clear cut best rookie in this class, obviously, but with D'Onta Foreman still working his way into the mix offensively and Cunningham still learning, too, the undrafted Cole is one of the three or four most productive rookies on the squad. But Kansas City had some very significant injuries of their own.
Smith then connected with West again, this time on a 4-yard TD pass to put the Chiefs up 23-7 at halftime. He's an unbelievable human being, and he will work extremely hard to be back, to be back to play for this football team. Often, the defense would be exhausted and give up big plays late in the game. That's a low-key performance for the rookie whose second-half rushing total alone was more than any other running back this season.
It seems like every week the Chiefs lose another player to injury. He appeared in seven games last season and has played in each game this year, but has never started.
It'll be tough to keep those hopes alive without Watt on the field. No, there's no more No. 99 for 2017.