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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson isn’t overthinking things as he prepares for his first game on Sunday at New England since a season-ending knee injury last November.

The key to being successful this year is simple.

“Really just one thing Josh Sweat Color Rush Jersey ,” he said. “Be me. That’s it.”

That approach helped Watson excel immediately as a rookie last season when he took over for Tom Savage at halftime of Houston’s season opener.

He made six starts after that and finished with 1,699 yards passing and 19 touchdowns before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice in early November.

His performance was a revelation for a team that has dealt with years of disappointment and inconsistency at quarterback, with the lowlight coming when the team signed Brock Osweiler to a $72 million contract in 2016 and traded him after just one tough season.

This will be Watson’s second trip to New England after he and the Texans came up just short in a 36-33 loss there last year. Watson, who was the 12th overall pick in last year’s draft, threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, but what he remembers most about that game are the two interceptions he threw.

“We had the opportunity to put the game away and we didn’t,” he said. “Left too much time for Tom Brady. The interception I threw early on in the game. That was pretty much it.”

Coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t surprised that Watson handled himself well in the tough environment in New England after he starred for Clemson while leading the Tigers to a national championship in the 2016 season.

“From the time that he arrived here … he had really good poise, very smart guy,” O’Brien said. “This guy had beaten Alabama in the national championship game in front of 100,000 people on national television and almost did it the year before. I don’t think there was ever going to be any stage too big for him.”

Though Watson’s rookie season was cut short, his injury didn’t end his learning and development. He was at the stadium almost every day, watching film and talking to coaches and players to try and get better.

“When you get injured as a rookie, that’s a tough deal,” O’Brien said. “He approached it in a very professional manner. He got his rehab done. He would study tape. He’s been with us out on the field ever since the offseason program started on April 18. He’s worked diligently to get back to where he is right now.”

Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins has dealt with a revolving door at quarterback, including playing with four different ones last season, since he was drafted in 2013. After what Watson did in limited work last year, Hopkins can’t wait to see what’s next for the 22-year-old.

“I’m very excited,” Hopkins said. “I think everybody is, not just myself. He’s shown improvement, he’s matured a lot since last year.”

Watson isn’t concerned about his surgically repaired knee holding up after performing well after having the same surgery on the other knee in 2014.

He looked good in limited action in the preseason Authentic Frank Ragnow Jersey , but questions about his health will remain until Sunday when he plays a full game for the first time in more than 10 months.

“(I) don’t worry about it,” he said. “I trust my preparation that I’ve put in, trust the rehab and the things I did over the summer to get back to this point and just go out there and cut it loose.”

Despite impressive preseason numbers, the Chicago Bears will enter the regular season no more certain about their pass rush than when they opened training camp due to an injury to linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Floyd, the Bears' first-round draft pick in 2016, broken his right hand in Saturday's 24-23 preseason win at Denver.

Coach Matt Nagy on Monday said the injury would not be healed by the season opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay.

"I think he's going to have to end up playing through it," Nagy said. "It might require something in regards to having a cast or a club-type deal, and there's been evidence of guys that have had that and been productive. And that's what we're hoping right now."

Nagy couldn't rule out Floyd missing the opener due to fractures of his right index and middle fingers.

"He got cut (blocked) on the edge and he went to brace himself on the ground, and so it was just kind of unlucky," Nagy said.

The Bears also lost tight end Adam Shaheen in the game. The second-year player sprained his ankle and his status for the opener is uncertain, as well.

Chicago has plenty of depth at tight end with Dion Sims, Trey Burton and Daniel Brown. The outside pass rusher spot is much thinner.

The Bears decided against re-signing veteran outside pass rushers Pernell McPhee and Willie Young in the offseason, and went instead with Floyd, free agent acquisition Aaron Lynch, veteran Sam Acho, Isaiah Irving and rookie Kylie Fitts.

Lynch has been out since the first day of training camp with a hamstring injury, and now Floyd is hurt again. Floyd had 11陆 sacks his first two seasons, but missed 10 games due to injuries.

"He's staying positive, he's in good spirits," Nagy said. "The surgery went well for him Rasheem Green Color Rush Jersey , as good as it could go. So now it's just a matter of having the right mindset and recovering from the surgery and staying in it mentally."

Nagy said it's possible Lynch could practice soon. He also missed much of the team's offseason work due to injuries.

"We feel good with where he's at," Nagy said. "We know it's been some time here. We want to get him up and running. He's getting closer and closer by the day, so we do feel really good about where he's at. He is getting better."

The Bears' pass rush actually appeared strong in the preseason before losing Floyd. They've averaged 4.3 sacks in three games and only New England is averaging more.

Part of the reason is a three-man interior line has been effective, even with starting defensive end Akiem Hicks missing Saturday's game due to minor knee soreness. Nagy called that a "day-to-day" situation.

Second-year defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris is a big reason for the strong inside rush so far. He leads the NFL preseason with 3陆 sacks.

"Yeah, I've been told a few times," Robertson-Harris said. "I like to see that in the regular season, though. Ain't nobody gonna remember that within the next year."

Robertson-Harris is vying with third-year defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard to join Hicks and Eddie Goldman on the three-man defensive line.

Robertson-Harris is a converted linebacker who had two sacks and played in 13 games last year. He added 30 pounds the last two years and has worked extensively on his pass rushing technique.

"I worked a lot with (former Falcons pass rusher) Chuck Smith in Atlanta," Robertson-Harris said. "I did a little bit of boxing over the summertime to help my hand speed.

"I feel like that's played in my favor a lot over the preseason and training camp, things like that."

Robertson-Harris has also adjusted to his heavier weight.

"Last year I was at 285, now I'm 295," Robertson-Harris said. "And I don't want to be big and fat, so I wanted to make sure 295 is also coming with strength. So I worked a lot of strength training in the summertime along with the boxing."

Robertson-Harris anticipates Floyd will play in the opener, even if it will be an issue into the first weeks of the season.

"I think Leonard's going to be fine," Robertson-Harris said. "He's going to come back and rush his butt off. He's going to be fine."

NOTES: The NFL suspended Bears cornerback Deiondre' Hall for one game due to a violation of league's substance policy. Hall, a 2016 fourth-round pick from Northern Iowa, has played in 10 games and has largely been a special teamer. He has seven career tackles and an interception. If he makes the final roster, Hall would be eligible to return to practice Sept. 10. . Shaheen was still undergoing tests on his injured ankle Monday afternoon and Nagy said more would be known on the severity of his sprain on Tuesday.
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