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Deshaun Watson, making his NFL debut as a beginning quarterback for the Houston Texans, darted to the top zone on a forty nine-yard run within the second quarter towards the Cincinnati Bengals. Houston went on to win, thirteen-9.
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Someplace, Clemson soccer head coach Dabo Swinney might be smiling for former Tigers’ quarterback Deshaun Watson – and it is on the Bengals’ expense. 

Making his first-ever NFL begin for the Houston Texans, Watson highlighted a no-frills rookie outing with an electrifying forty nine-yard landing run in a thirteen-9  win over the Bengals Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium. 

Dealing with third-and-15 with simply over a minute to play within the first half, Watson dropped again, shortly stepped up within the face of a 4-man Bengals rush, and took off. 

About 15 seconds elapsed between the snap and Watson’s landing dance being interrupted by a mob of Texans teammates. 

In between, he was barely touched. Watson reduce the Bengals protection to ribbons on the play, evading a number of tackles in the course of the spotlight-reel-worthy scamper. 

On an in any other case unremarkable night time for Watson – he completed 15-for-24 passing for one hundred twenty five yards and no turnovers –  his landing run was the decisive play for Houston (1-1) as Cincinnati (zero-2) went with no landing of its personal for the second week in a row. 

“I used to be simply making an attempt to make a play. I broke away and located a gap,” Watson stated. “Our receivers and everybody down area did a superb job of blocking for me and gave me an opportunity to seek out the top zone.”

Bengals nook Adam Jones stated he blamed himself for permitting Watson to attain, though the defensive breakdowns on the play prolonged past anybody participant.

“I used to be on the bottom,” Jones stated. “I ought to have run quicker. It is a staff recreation, although.”

The Bengals knew Watson might break an explosive run, they usually nonetheless could not deal with it when it arrived. 

“We knew that going into the sport that we would have liked to maintain him within the pocket,” linebacker Carl Lawson stated, “and we simply didn’t execute.”

The play was a flash of potential for Watson, the adorned, nationwide-champion quarterback who within the collegiate ranks was lengthy championed by…