Slowly but surely, Jim Kelly is making progress in his recovery from his latest surgery.
Prior to Watson’s injury, the Texans had scored 33 or more points in five consecutive games, with the 22-year-old Clemson product putting up a 113.3 passer rating during that span. He had a league-high 21 passing and rushing touchdowns at the time and was running away with the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Per ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is under the impression that Watson is ahead of schedule in his rehab. And with free-agent additions Senio Kelemete and Zach Fulton joining the interior offensive line, he’ll be better supported when he does return.
Throw in Watt and offseason acquisition Tyrann Mathieu on defense, and the Texans look capable of doing big things in 2018.
Jackson has chosen not to hire an agent during the pre-draft process, and there has been a lot of talk about him hurting his own value. He did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine or at his pro day, which was a somewhat surprising decision for a quarterback who is known to make plays with his legs.
The New England Patriots have reached three of the last four Super Bowls, and with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm they remain the top dogs in the AFC. But Brady will be 41 this summer, and the Pats took some hits in March.
Going by Pro Football Reference’s approximate value metric—which is an attempt to put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year—two of New England’s eight most valuable players from 2017 were lost when running back Dion Lewis and left tackle Nate Solder left as free agents.