The New York Giants dropped quarterback Deshaun Watson three times for a loss of 17 yards Sunday in the Houston Texans 27-22 loss at NRG Stadium.
Even though Watson has now been sacked for the 10th straight time in as many career games, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien won’t put the sacks from Week 3 on the offensive line.
“It’s not very good,” O’Brien said. “We got to do a better job, sometimes the ball needs to come out a little quicker. It’s not all offensive line. We’re doing different things to try to help the edge.”
The edge needs as much help as it can get with third-round rookie Martinas Rankin playing left tackle and 2017 fourth-round pick Julién Davenport manning the right side. In Week 1, Davenport was the left tackle and veteran Seantrel Henderson was the right tackle. However, with Henderson’s season-ending broken ankle, the Texans had Davenport kick to the right side and Rankin protect Watson’s blindside.
The notion Watson must get the ball out quicker is a valid one. The second-year field general has 3.3 seconds to throw on average, according to Next Gen Stats, which ranks as the second-most in the NFL. For a quarterback with that much time to throw, seemingly he should not be the victim of 10 sacks through three games.
“A couple times we had – a guy got tripped with a guy in the wrong position, so it’s not all offensive line,” O’Brien explained. “It’s a combination of things that aren’t going real good right now.”
Whatever the case, the Houston Texans have to find a way to keep Watson upright and not subject to sacks. If Houston is able to eliminate the negative play, it will allow them to keep drives alive and score more points, which has been a source of frustration since Week 1.