Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had an impressive performance in his first NFL preseason game for the Houston Texans Wednesday night. However, his college coach, Dabo Swinney, wasn’t at all surprised.
After all, Swinney has come to expect his former signal caller to always play at an elite level.
“He looked like he had been there for about five years,” Swinney said after Clemson’s practice Thursday, according to Tigernet.com. “It’s Deshaun. It’s poise. You can tell he put the work in.”
In the game Wednesday against the Carolina Panthers, Watson completed 15 of 25 passes for 179 yards and rushed for a 15-yard touchdown. The Panthers won, 27-17.
“[Watson was] just very comfortable. He looked like he belonged. You’d never know he was a rookie,” Swinney said.
The rookie is competing with former Pitt quarterback Tom Savage for the starting quarterback spot with the Texans. Savage led the Texans on one touchdown drive Wednesday and finished 9-for-11 passing for 69 yards. He went 1-1 as the Houston starter last year.
The Texans traded up to select Watson 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. He posted a 28-2 record, including a national championship-game victory, as a starter in his final two years at Clemson.