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Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6:40pm
It's only been seven months since Deshaun Watson needed surgery on his right ACL, but according to those around him, it's hard to tell the second-year quarterback is still coming back from injury.
On Tuesday, running back Lamar Miller said he wouldn't even know Watson was injured if the Houston Texans' coaching staff wasn't easing him back into his on-field work.
"I can't really notice any issues with his knee, other than his coaches holding him back from certain drills," Miller said. "He's very confident after his success in his rookie season, and he's definitely ready to take that next step."
At the beginning of organized team activities, Watson took the field with his teammates for the first time since he tore the ACL in his right leg in an early November practice. On Tuesday, Watson didn't wear a brace on his right knee for the first time this offseason in the practices that have been open to the media, the story said.
It went on to say that during OTAs the quarterback has been participating in 7-on-7 drills, but sitting out the team drills involving players rushing the passer. Watson has said all offseason he expects to be at full strength by training camp and be the Texans' starting quarterback to open the season against the New England Patriots.
Posted by Bob Harris
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:13am
With promising youngster Donta Foreman still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last year, Miller should keep his starting job heading into the 2018 season. This, despite the fact that Miller has averaged only 3.9 yards on 506 carries over his 30-game Texans' career. Miller is a good pass-catcher and proved to be more durable than advertised, but once Foreman began making a push in the middle of his rookie campaign, there was some thought that Miller could even be expendable. That said, as long as Deshaun Watson is healthy and locked in as the team's quarterback, all the complementary pieces—including Miller—should benefit from the dynamic young quarterback's presence.
Although the offensive line struggled last season, Miller certainly wasn't explosive. On 238 carries, his longest run was 21 yards (compared to Foreman, who had three rushes of 25+ yards in his 78 attempts) and at times he looked tentative running between the tackles.
2018 Bottom Line
Looking ahead to 2018, CBSSports.com noted, given the severity of Foreman's injury in combination with the Texans' decision not to make any major offseason additions to their backfield, Miller is locked in to open the season as the starter. But it's still quite possible he'll need to fend off a challenge from Foreman at some point in the year. Draft with that in mind and mitigate to prepare for that eventuality.
2018 Strength of Schedule - HOU
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||14.88||55.50||0.19||0||3.73||2.25||20.44||0.19||2.81||9.08||9.84||12.09||47.31/68.88||67.54% |