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Bill O'Brien on Deshaun Watson's debut: There's a lot to build on

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8/10/2017 3:52:07 PM
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Coach Bill O'Brien praised rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson's performance in the Texans 27-17 loss to Carolina but pointed out that he made mistakes that have to be corrected, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Something that's impressed me from the time I met him is his overall poise," O'Brien said Thursday. "Very poised guy. Plays the game in a calm way. Obviously, nothing's too big for him. He's been in big games."

"For his first NFL game, I'm sure he was slightly nervous, but it didn't show."

Watson replaced starter Tom Savage in the second quarter. He engineered two scoring drives, a field goal and a touchdown he scored on a 15-yard run.

Watson finished with 15-of-25 for 179 yards and an 81.9 rating. He didn't throw a touchdown pass or an interception.

"There's a lot to build on," O'Brien said. "There's a lot to correct. He knows that. He was about 50-50 right or wrong on some of the schemes we ran. He was right 50 percent of the time and wrong 50 percent of the time.

"That's to be expected with a rookie. I think his overall poise and demeanor and the way he sees the game is pretty impressive to me."

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