GOING BOWLING: Texans QB joins teammates in the 2019 NFL Pro-Bowl
Updated: Jan 27, 2019
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson received some great news earlier this week. The second-year player was announced as a participant in the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Watson will replace New England Patriots QB Tom Brady as he prepares to take on the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl in Atlanta. After being named an alternate in December, Watson received the call this week informing him off the invite. He is the only second quarterback in Texans franchise history to make the Pro Bowl. Former Houston QB Matt Schuab did it twice in 2009 and 2012.
While leading the Houston Texans to the 2018 AFC South Title, a franchise record nine-game winning streak, and a home playoff game, Watson also amassed 4,165 yards passing to go along with 26 passing touchdowns. Add in an additional 551 yards rushing and five more touchdowns on the ground and you have the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 500 rushing yards and five touchdowns in one season. A very impressive year for a player coming off a major injury (ACL tear) that limited him to only seven games the year prior.
Watson was on a record setting pace in 2017, that would have led him to his first Pro-Bowl. He had passed for 1,699 yards, as well as 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions.
He joins teammates DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Benardrick McKinney, Lamar Miller and J.J. Watt in being named to the Pro Bowl which will be played at Camping World Stadium.
Although the Texans QB will be enjoying the All-Star festivities, some of his teammates will not be partaking in the enjoyment with Watson. 2018 All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins will not be participating in the game due to lingering effects of some nagging injuries throughout the season. Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry who had a very productive season with 81 catches for 976 yards will replace Hopkins.
The AFC team will also be without All-Pro DE J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Watt, who finished 2018 with 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles, announced that he would not be attending due to injury as well and will be replaced by Jacksonville Jaguars DE Calais Campbell (10.5 sacks).
But all is well in the Watt family as J.J.’s younger brother T.J. Watt, outside linebacker for the Pittsburg Steelers will replace Clowney who will also be out due to injury. T.J. was the only player to finish the 2018 regular season with at least 65 tackles, 10 sacks, and five defensive forced fumbles.
Houston will have some big decisions coming up this off-season as key free agents such as the aforementioned Clowney, FS Tyrann Mathieu, and the longest tenured Texans player CB Kareem Jackson will hit the market as soon as the season concludes with the Super Bowl. The Texans are hoping that they can retain some players who helped lead them to a 11-5 season and get some important positions filled via the draft.