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PFF Ranks Deshaun Watson As The 9th Best Quarterback

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Oh, yes, this is the offseason.

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There’s a silly holiday here in America called Groundhog Day. I don’t know why it started, but it happens every year. The groundhog crawls out of his cage. A man in a big hat looks at it. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, Spring will be here soon. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it’s six more weeks of bitter winter, gray skies, darkness and cold, quiet and alone.

The NFL’s version of this is Pro Football Focus’ Quarterback Rankings. If it comes out before the Super Bowl, the offseason arrived early; if it comes out after the Big Game, the offseason begins right when it should. Here we are. It’s here. The NFL offseason has begun.

PFF ranked each of the 36 NFL starting quarterbacks and provided a little bit of analysis as they try to get you and I to buy some almanac or whatever. Who cares? They had Watson ranked 9th. This what we care about. This what they had to say:

9. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Watson continues to light up the highlight reels, but the week-to-week consistency still needs work. For the second straight year, Watson had six games that earned an 80.0-plus grade, and those are the games in which he looks like an MVP candidate capable of carrying a team. However, he also had three games that graded under 50.0, and those games usually involve poor ball security and taking too many sacks. Watson ranked among the league’s best in big-time throws once again, but in order to take the next step as a true MVP candidate, he must cut down on the faults that have plagued him to low game grades in the past. It’s a difficult balance, as Watson’s high-risk, high-reward style pays off more often than not, but it’s still leading to too many games in which his poor play is too much for Houston to overcome.

Key Stat from QB Annual: Watson averaged 0.17 EPA per play on scramble-drill passes, well above the league average of 0.02.

Are there eight other current NFL QBs you would rather have than Deshaun Watson right now?