WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is getting used to life in the NFL, but during the team’s first padded practice of training camp, it quickly became apparent how quick the game can be.
“Today on the goal line … things are moving [fast],” Watson said Friday when asked what surprised him about his first padded practice. “Inside the 5 [yard line], defense is coming, offense is getting off the ball, so you really have to be mentally sharp and fundamentally sharp down there.”
The difference in the speed between college football and the NFL is noticeable, Watson said, but the rookie noted that the game is slowing down for him day by day.
“It’s faster [in the NFL],” Watson said. “Guys are knowing what to do. They’re operating and communicating better, so they’re being able to react quicker.”
“Each and every day is getting better. So, I just try to find a way — it doesn’t have to be a lot — just 1 percent better in whatever I’m doing. That’s my processing information, making a good decision, ballhandling, throwing, being more accurate. Just find a way to get better each and every day.”
Watson might not begin the season as the Texans’ starting quarterback, but even if he doesn’t win the job during training camp, Houston’s staff has been impressed by what the Clemson product has done during his time with the team. Head coach Bill O’Brien called Watson “mature,” saying he is “a good, smart guy…
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