4 aspects of Deshaun Watson’s game he can work on in Texans’ final 3 games

Mark Lane
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The Houston Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT in their first of their last three meaningless games to conclude the dismal, disappointing 2020 campaign.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson is going to play in these upcoming games — no question about it. The two-time Pro Bowler isn’t simply going to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the team gives its all to close out the season.

Given Watson will be going against legitimate playoff contenders in the Colts and the Tennessee Titans in Week 17, there are aspects to his game that he can improve upon. Here are the four areas Watson wants to work on in the last four games.

1. Leadership

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"Just me as a quarterback," Watson said. "Just me as my leadership, every rep that I get is a perfect opportunity for me to continue to build my trust and build the confidence as a quarterback."

2. See how defenses attack him

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There is no precise way to shutdown Watson, which means defenses have to get creative. The former 2017 first-round pick wants to ascertain specifically how defenses attack him.

3. Experimenting with different throws

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Not so much the mechanics of how he throws the football, but the different throws that defenses make available in terms of the short to deep passing game. Where are the soft spots in the zone? Where is the open man on this particular blitz? Watson is going to see these same looks in 2021.

4. Remember the future

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Watson essentially wants to use the last three games as a prequel to the success the team will have in 2021. "That’s what I’m kind of working on, is trying to craft myself and craft this team on what we want to do in the future," Watson said.