Between his responsibilities for Old Spice on Radio Row during the week leading to Super Bowl LII, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson still found time to keep up with his work in the weight room as he recovers from a torn right ACL.
Last week at the Senior Bowl, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told ESPN that Watson is ahead of schedule and could return in some capacity during Houston's organized team activities. This week on Sports Radio 610, Watson said that while there’s "not really a set target" for his return, he’s "just trying to get ... as fully healthy as I can before the season."
"Training camp is a guarantee," Watson said on Sports Radio 610. “I am making sure I am ready for training camp for sure. OTAs, it just depends on everything on how it is coming along, but for sure training camp.
“The more reps I can get during OTAs, during the summer and during training camp is going to be very, very helpful, not just for me but for the whole team. OTAs is the main focus right now.”
The Texans’ offseason program will begin mid-April and last until mid-June. Watson told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that he doesn’t want to get his “hopes up too soon," but said, "I think there's some things I'll be able to do.
"I'm doing really well. I'm on track and moving around good,” Watson told the Chronicle. “The process is going good. I'm making sure I stay ahead of schedule and not take a step [back]."
Despite playing in just seven games in his rookie season before he tore his ACL in early November, Watson threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns. Watson was on pace to shatter the rookie record for passing touchdowns and was having one of the best seasons ever for a rookie quarterback.
Watson tore his ACL during practice, but said on PFT Live on Wednesday that he thinks a hit he took from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark in the Texans' Week 8 loss might have loosened up his ACL.
“It just didn’t really click because I tore my left one before and when I tore that one I knew right when I did it,” Watson told PFT. “With my right one, I didn’t know at all. I kinda went back and watched the Seattle game again and I seen the hit that I got rolled up on. And I kinda had a feeling [that loosened it up].”
Watson told the Chronicle that he thinks this year of camp will be much better because he will “be so much more comfortable." He said last season his “head was spinning” because there was so much he had to learn.
"With a year under my belt and knowing what it takes to get ready for a season, it's going to be good," Watson told the Chronicle.