By Jason Keidel
Within the athletic world of watches and dashes and tape measures, we have now all of the metrics to measure the bodily.
However how do you measure the remaining? The intangibles, like coronary heart and want? How a lot of what makes an incredible athlete is expertise versus temerity?
Deshaun Watson, popping out of school, appeared to have that elusive “it” — that immeasurable however wholly tangible factor that makes massive gamers do huge issues in massive video games. We noticed it when he led Clemson towards Alabama — twice — within the NCAA nationwide championship recreation, shredding a protection rife with NFL studs, led by maybe the best coach in school soccer historical past. Every time the second demanded his greatest, Watson summoned an amalgam of power, velocity, and equanimity that makes him good for iconic video games and iconic moments.
However wait till he performs one of the best, we heard. Watson will see that the NFL is hardly the ACC and even SEC. For each Peyton Manning, we’ve seen a Ryan Leaf and Johnny Manziel and JaMarcus Russell. Watson’s NFL baptism would certainly be a painful one.
There’s already some critical bodily and statistical proof that Watson can run with the grownups. Together with the epic forty one-38 shootout between the Texans and Seahawks yesterday — throughout which Watson tossed 4 landing passes towards the famed “Legion of Growth” — Watson has now thrown 19 TD passes in his first 7 video games, surpassing Kurt Warner for probably the most in NFL historical past.
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Watson additionally simply turned the primary rookie NFL QB to throw three landing passes in 4 straight video games. And whereas most quarterbacks quietly shiver on the prospect of enjoying Seattle’s protection, Watson dealt with Seahawks with a veteran’s knowledge and precision.
Many people who favored Watson have been afraid to fall in love, as a result of so many school QBs can’t regulate to the frenzied violence of the NFL, and fall into the chasm between Saturdays and Sundays. Virtually each professional soccer participant says there’s no method to put together for the leap in velocity and savagery they see throughout their rookie seasons.
But some can. Some gamers play at each degree, from Pop Warner to professional soccer, with the identical, low-key regularity that made them a star at each cease. Some aren’t moved by the second, however slightly embrace it. No matter Watson turns into, it’s clear he’s neither intimidated or inadequately ready for all times on Sunday.
A disgrace the Texans couldn’t hold the lead Watson so adeptly grabbed for them, in…