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Deshaun Watson might not have earned the beginning job for the Houston Texans simply but, but when his head coach’s feedback following his skilled debut are any indication, the rookie obtained off to a strong begin.

Texans bench boss Invoice O’Brien was fast to reward his staff’s first-spherical draft decide following a 27-17 preseason defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, admiring each Watson’s intelligence proven on the sector and the best way he dealt with strain.

“He is a brilliant and distinctive participant. First recreation on the market I assumed he did some massive issues,” O’Brien advised reporters following the sport, in response to Conor Orr of NFL.com.

“It’s a huge bounce from school to the NFL. I assumed he dealt with it fairly properly. There are in all probability a few issues that we might’ve finished in another way. He might’ve performed just a little bit higher on sure performs, however general I assumed he dealt with himself fairly nicely for his first day trip.”

Watson acknowledged the distinction between the school recreation and the NFL – in each velocity and participant means – following his debut, however stated his general focus will stay the identical.

“That is skilled soccer,” Watson stated. “The very best degree of this sport. It is so much quicker, greater guys, smarter guys. On the similar time, I’m doing the identical factor they’re doing. I am watching movie, making an attempt to play quick additionally. On the finish of the day, it is nonetheless soccer. You must go on the market, function, and do your job.”

Watson accomplished 15-of-25 passes for 179 yards within the recreation.