Deshaun Watson took plenty of snaps, more than a few hits

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Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers - 8/9/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Texans fell 27-17 to the Carolina Panthers in their preseason opener, but not before recording 410 net yards of offense (257 passing, 153 rushing).

Here were his raw numbers.

A look back at each of Watson's snaps shows exactly what one would expect from a rookie in terms of errors.

"I always knew that I've been a player and been able to play", Byrd said.

That doesn't mean O'Brien thinks Watson doesn't have things to iron out. "He was on the practice squad going against guys like Josh Norman and Bradberry from a year ago". His catch rate previous year was frightful and he tends to disappear in big games. Cam Newton met him in the air for one of his signature hip bumps.

Texans: "I'm so happy to be back with my guys", Watt said of his return.

Too early to get excited about Deshaun Watson.

Houston head coach Bill O'Brien called Watson an instinctive player, said for his first game the rookie did positive things and handled the transition from college to pro well.

Players and coaches cheered when Watson completed his first National Football League pass, then rooted on Carlos Watkins when he made his debut and were thrilled when Ben Boulware popped up on their television screen for playing time. I remember I checked the ball down like five times in a row.

The first team defense opened up on fire, putting Tom Savage on the ground twice in the first three plays and stopping a run for a loss. Savage went 9 of 11 for 69 yards. "A lot of people don't see that", said third-team quarterback Joe Webb.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has been limited in recent practices because of shoulder soreness following offseason surgery, didn't play. Watson, a two-time Heisman finalist, had a solid showing, completing 15-of-25 passes for 179 yards and running three times for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson, wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, safety Marcus Gilchrist and defensive tackle D.J. Reader were suited up for the Texans, while linebacker Ben Boulware provided the Clemson presence for the Panthers.

In the Texans' entire franchise history, they have not had a quarterback that inspired a lot of excitement. Blue carried six times for 50 yards on a 75-yard drive, which Blue capped with a 16-yard touchdown run. Texans vs Panthers live stream is available on NFL Game Pass. Texans vs Panthers odds and point spread is now at -1.5 for the Panthers. Butler, who battled ankle injuries throughout his rookie campaign past year, exited due to a left knee injury in the first quarter, and Bersin did not return after suffering a left quad bruise in the second quarter.

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