USA TODAY’s Nate Davis breaks down how the New England Patriots can run the table this season. He also discusses how the NFC East will shape up and why the Titans are for real.
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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Friday was the first full-padded practice of the year for the Houston Texans, and coach Bill O’Brien had something he wanted to see.
He scripted a full-team, goal-line period and placed the ball at the 3-yard line.
“I know we have padded drills where we don’t bring guys to the ground,” O’Brien shouted as he stood at the line of scrimmage, sandwiched between both the offense and the defense. “This is not that. This is L-I-V-E.”
This was the first action that resembled NFL game speed for rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“That was fast,” Watson said later in a press conference when asked what his biggest surprise has been. “Things were moving.”
The biggest question facing the Texans as they conduct training camp at The Greenbrier resort is also about speed, but of a different variety. Just how quickly will Watson blossom into the franchise quarterback the team envisions he will become?
“I just play my role,” the rookie said. “Be the best that I can be, and when the opportunity comes up, take advantage of it.”
Watson’s surprise at how swift live action was in the drill is a reminder that he has a long way to go. And as he has done since he was drafted, Watson’s comments about his status on the team have been perfectly…
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