Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is progressing well in his rehab from major knee surgery, prompting coach Bill O’Brien to declare he is “on schedule” to be ready for training camp in late July.
Watson was experiencing a stellar rookie campaign before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a practice on Nov. 2.
O’Brien told the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Monday that the budding star has repeatedly made big strides while rehabbing the knee.
“He’s doing a good job in his rehab,” O’Brien said. “I think he’s on schedule to be able to participate in training camp. We’re excited about that.”
The former Clemson hero rose to stardom last season with the Texans, passing for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions and rushing for 269 yards and two scores in seven games (six starts).
O’Brien said it is more than football ability that makes Watson a special player.
“His intelligence, his poise, it’s his hunger to learn,” O’Brien said. “He really has a passion for football. He has a passion for trying to get better every day.”
O’Brien also said he is counting on star defensive end J.J. Watt to be productive in 2018. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year played in just five games last season due to a broken left leg and three games the previous season before undergoing back surgery.
“J.J. is doing a great job with his rehab,” O’Brien said. “I see him every single day. I’ve said this time and time again. He’s one of the best players in the game. I would never bet against J.J. Watt.
“He’s going to be back and he’s going to be at full strength and he’s going to help us win a lot of games.”
–Field Level Media