Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

26-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Cleveland Browns
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After a year in purgatory in Houston, Watson is reborn in Cleveland — not exactly paradise, but $230 million fully guaranteed goes a long way. Watson might need that all that loot because he still faces 22 civil suits stemming from his off-field trouble, and he still could be suspended by the league. But that didn’t stop the Browns from trading six draft picks, including three first-rounders, for Watson, having finally given up on 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. What the Browns get is a dual-threat quarterback who is a highly accurate passer with a great downfield arm. Of course, he hasn't played in a year, but in 2020, he led the league in passing yards, finishing as a top-5 fantasy quarterback for the third consecutive season. The Browns signed wideout Amari Cooper, and Donovan Peoples-Jones looks poised for a bigger role as a downfield threat, but the WR corps is not deep. That never slowed him in Houston, though, even after DeAndre Hopkins left. Volume might be the biggest question, as the Browns were one of the NFL’s most run-heavy offenses last year behind perhaps the league’s best RB tandem in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. But even if Watson gets only the 30 attempts per game that Mayfield averaged, a 4,000-yard season is within reach. And a better offense overall should give the Browns more red-zone drives (24th last year). A possible suspension will depress his ADP, but Watson is well worth the risk. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $160 million contract with the Texans in September of 2020.
Present for offseason workouts
QBCleveland Browns
April 19, 2022
Watson is in Cleveland on Tuesday for the start of the Browns' offseason program, while fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) isn't in attendance, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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That's as expected, given that Mayfield reportedly requested a trade in mid-March when the Browns were originally revealed to be pursuing Watson. Cleveland still has a few things to hash out in their QB room before Week 1, starting with a possible NFL suspension for Watson and finding Mayfield a new home. Watson, 26, is still facing civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct after a Harris County, TX grand jury voted not to indict him on criminal charges in March.
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How do Deshaun Watson's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.95 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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A doozy of an offseason has Watson's 2021 in jeopardy. In January, he demanded a trade. In February, he threatened to sit out games if not moved, and in March, he became embroiled in a legal mess that could get him suspended by the league, if not worse by the legal system. Until that's resolved, he's only draftable as a risk-less, late-round pick - if he plays, he's a steal; if not, he's an easy cut. On the field, there's little question about Watson, who led the league last season with career highs in passing yards (4,823), completion percentage (70.2) and YPA (8.9). He also threw a career-high 33 TD passes with a career-low seven interceptions. That Watson did all that on a terrible team with few playmakers and season-long coaching ineptitude is remarkable. He had a league-low 14.2 bad-pass percentage, which considering his 8.9-yard average target depth (6th highest) is even more impressive. As a downfield passer, he had few peers. On passes of 20-plus yards, he led the league in completion percentage (50.0) thanks to a 56.5 on-target rate (3rd), which resulted in 10 TD passes (T-3rd). With plenty of rushing to boot, Watson finished top five in fantasy QB scoring for the third consecutive year. He'd likely get there again if he played a full season, but the Texans seemingly plan to keep him on the roster as a healthy scratch until they're able to trade him.
For the second year in a row, Watson finished fourth in QB fantasy scoring, posting similar numbers to 2018. He matched his passing TDs (26) in one fewer game and might have matched his passing yards had he played Week 17. His completion percentage, YPA and average depth of target were down slightly, while his bad-pass percentage remained unchanged. Watson's sacks fell from 62 to 44, though that was still sixth most. Fortunately, Watson is excellent on the run. He tied for the league lead in touchown passes outside the pocket with eight (Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins) and was one of five quarterbacks to average more than five yards per rush (min. 50 attempts). He scored seven rushing touchdowns, tying Lamar Jackson for second among QBs behind Josh Allen's nine. While Watson's rushing skills give him a solid floor, his ceiling doesn't appear as high this season after All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was traded to Arizona. The Texans acquired oft-concussed Brandin Cooks — who is on his fourth team in six years and coming off a career-worst season — as another big-play threat alongside oft-injured Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. They also signed slot man Randall Cobb. That's a decent foursome (when healthy), but it doesn't make up for losing Hopkins. Arriving in the Hopkins trade is RB David Johnson, who peaked in 2016 and looked washed up last season. And while TE Darren Fells (seven TDs) is back, he's 34. Second-year coordinator Tim Kelly will calls plays this season, which hopefully lets Watson break free from coach Bill O'Brien's head-scratching game plans, but it would be fun to see what Watson could accomplish in a better setup.
A year removed from an ACL tear, Watson showed no ill effect last season, finishing top 7 in completion percentage (68.3), YPA (8.2) and passer rating (103.1). He kept running too, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns, third among quarterbacks. A weak offensive line often forced Watson to run, but his league-high 62 sacks - the most for a quarterback since 2006 - was also partially caused by holding the ball too long. For all the sacks his playing style leads to, Watson also creates frequent long gains when he dodges pass rushers rather than throwing the ball away or settling for a dump-off. His 9.2-yard average depth of target ranked seventh, and his 10 touchdowns thrown from outside the pocket were second to only Patrick Mahomes' 11. And that was all accomplished with a receiving corps that couldn't stay healthy - Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Demaryius Thomas and Bruce Ellington each played no more than seven games. The Texans are optimistic Fuller and Coutee will be healthy for Week 1, and the team traded for pass-catching back Duke Johnson in August. While the offensive line still looks shaky, it should at least benefit from the addition of left tackle Tytus Howard, the 23rd overall pick in the draft. If the 23-year-old Watson takes another step forward - his completion percentage jumped 6.5 points last year - without straying too far from his aggressive instincts, he could challenge for the top fantasy spot among quarterbacks.
It's not often a quarterback has a breakout season as a rookie. And Watson didn't just break out last year, he was in the MVP discussion before suffering a torn ACL midseason. Through Week 8, Watson was tied for first in the league in TD passes, second in YPA and first in quarterback rushing, leading the league's most prolific offense at 30.7 points per game. Watson showed rare poise in the pocket - he was arguably the best QB against blitzes last season. He led the league in YPA (9.5) in blitz situations and was second in completion percentage (65.6 percent) to Drew Brees, posting an NFL-high 134.5 passer rating, nearly 22 points better than the next best. What's more, the 22-year-old Watson had seven touchdowns and no interceptions against blitzes. Watson was good on downfield passing, ranking fifth in completion percentage on attempts beyond 20 yards (min. 20 attempts), but he also threw five interceptions. And if there's an area in which he can improve it's accuracy. Had he qualified, Watson would have ranked 20th in completion percentage, just ahead of Eli Manning, and his 3.9 interception percentage would have been third highest. Watson was highly accurate in college, so it's reasonable to think he can improve in his second year. Wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are back for Watson, assuming he's available. That, of course, is the biggest concern. But the Texans are confident Watson will be ready for Week 1, and the quarterback said in mid-July that he expects to be a full-go for the start of training camp.
The Texans traded their 2018 first-round pick to move up 13 spots and draft Watson 12th overall, believing they found their franchise QB. Incumbent Tom Savage enters Week 1 as the starter, but if he struggles it will be hard to keep the rookie off the field. Savage is no proven commodity himself, with two starts in three years and a 60.9 career completion percentage in five appearances. And while Watson's ceiling is obviously higher, his floor is probably higher too because of his running ability. At 6-2, 221, the dual-threat Watson is an exceptional athlete who can throw on the run or tuck the ball and make plays with his legs. In Clemson's spread offense, he wasn't asked to read the entire field and displayed inconsistent decision-making and accuracy, which lead to 32 interceptions in 38 games. But according to scouts, accuracy, especially deep-ball accuracy, can be easily improved with mechanical adjustments and better footwork as he transitions to a pro-style offense and working under center. Watson's poise in the pocket and leadership skills impressed the Texans, who cycled through a number of journeymen quarterbacks in recent years while the defense carried the team. Watson will have a solid supporting cast around him, too, with Lamar Miller in the backfield and DeAndre Hopkins at receiver.
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Chooses Browns over Saints, Falcons
QBCleveland Browns
March 18, 2022
Watson is waiving his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to the Browns, changing his mind Friday after reports earlier in the week suggested he'd ruled the team out, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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New Orleans and Atlanta in the mix
QBHouston Texans
March 18, 2022
The Saints and Falcons remain in the mix to trade for Watson, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
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Meeting with Browns
QBHouston Texans
March 15, 2022
The Browns are set to meet with Watson in Houston on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.
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Won't face criminal charges
QBHouston Texans
March 11, 2022
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas voted Friday not to indict Watson in the wake of a nearly year-long police investigation stemming from civil lawsuits filed by 22 women who accused the quarterback of sexual misconduct, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
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Status remains unclear
QBHouston Texans
March 2, 2022
New head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that he has "no idea" if Watson will be on the Texans' roster during the upcoming season, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
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