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POSTED BY: liny195 on 12/10/2018 02:33:25

Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't overthinking things as he prepares for his first game on Sunday at New England since a season-ending knee injury last November.

The key to being successful this year is simple.

"Really just one thing Paul Worrilow Color Rush Jersey ," he said. "Be me. That's it."

That approach helped Watson excel immediately as a rookie last season when he took over for Tom Savage at halftime of Houston's season opener.

He made six starts after that and finished with 1,699 yards passing and 19 touchdowns before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice in early November.

His performance was a revelation for a team that has dealt with years of disappointment and inconsistency at quarterback, with the lowlight coming when the team signed Brock Osweiler to a $72 million contract in 2016 and traded him after just one tough season.

This will be Watson's second trip to New England after he and the Texans came up just short in a 36-33 loss there last year. Watson, who was the 12th overall pick in last year's draft, threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, but what he remembers most about that game are the two interceptions he threw.

"We had the opportunity to put the game away and we didn't," he said. "Left too much time for Tom Brady. The interception I threw early on in the game. That was pretty much it."

Coach Bill O'Brien wasn't surprised that Watson handled himself well in the tough environment in New England after he starred for Clemson while leading the Tigers to a national championship in the 2016 season.

"From the time that he arrived here ... he had really good poise, very smart guy," O'Brien said. "This guy had beaten Alabama in the national championship game in front of 100,000 people on national television and almost did it the year before. I don't think there was ever going to be any stage too big for him."

Though Watson's rookie season was cut short Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , his injury didn't end his learning and development. He was at the stadium almost every day, watching film and talking to coaches and players to try and get better.

"When you get injured as a rookie, that's a tough deal," O'Brien said. "He approached it in a very professional manner. He got his rehab done. He would study tape. He's been with us out on the field ever since the offseason program started on April 18. He's worked diligently to get back to where he is right now."

Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins has dealt with a revolving door at quarterback, including playing with four different ones last season, since he was drafted in 2013. After what Watson did in limited work last year, Hopkins can't wait to see what's next for the 22-year-old.

"I'm very excited," Hopkins said. "I think everybody is, not just myself. He's shown improvement, he's matured a lot since last year."

Watson isn't concerned about his surgically repaired knee holding up after performing well after having the same surgery on the other knee in 2014.

He looked good in limited action in the preseason Youth Barkevious Mingo Jersey , but questions about his health will remain until Sunday when he plays a full game for the first time in more than 10 months.

"(I) don't worry about it," he said. "I trust my preparation that I've put in, trust the rehab and the things I did over the summer to get back to this point and just go out there and cut it loose."

The Alliance of American Football, the league that will start play in 2019, has started signing players.

The AAF released a list of 100 players today, representing the first players who have been confirmed to be a part of the league.

None of the names will be recognizable to most football fans, which is not a big surprise: Players who have any hope of making an NFL roster are currently in NFL training camps. The only players who would sign with the AAF right now are players who have no hope of getting into the NFL. The biggest name on the list may be Will Hill, a safety who played for the Giants and Ravens. Former kicker Nick Novak is another AAF player some football fans will recognize.

What remains to be seen is whether the AAF can put on a high enough quality of play to get fans to watch, despite having few players that the average fan can name. It will be an uphill battle for the AAF to get fans’ attention without players the fans know.

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