The story of Deshaun Watson is truly puzzling. He looked to be the face of the Houston Texans, if not the entire XCFL, for years to come. It's not often a rookie QB comes into the league and plays extremely well. It's basically impossible that said rookie QB dominates the league en route to an MVP season. But Watson did just that, putting up 4,204 yards & 44 touchdowns, completing 71% of his passes for a 128.7 passer rating. He swept the awards, winning AFC Best QB, AFC Offensive RotY, AFC Offensive PotY, and of course, XCFL MVP. It was an incredible achievement. What happened next is a story you just can't make up.
Watson Won XCFL MVP as a Rookie
For whatever reason, Coach Boone decided to strike while the iron was hot, and 3 games into the 2018 season he traded Watson to New Orleans in exchange for LT Ryan Ramczyk, CB Marshon Lattimore, & a 1st round pick. Needless to say, fans in Houston and experts everywhere lambasted Boone's decision. This is where things really turned South for Watson.
He struggled mightily in his 2 seasons with the Saints, and was then traded again, this time to the Chargers. He fared somewhat better in his 3 seasons on the west coast, but never came close to the success he had his rookie season. Following the 2022 season, with the Chargers set on selecting QB Buck Conrad with the first overall pick in the draft, Watson was again traded, this time to Buffalo. The 2023 season is still young, but things are finally looking up for Deshaun. Through 4 games he currently leads the XCFL with 1,236 yards. He's added 10 touchdowns on a staggering 78% completion rate, good for a 125.3 passer rating. The jury is still out on this one, but it looks like Watson may have found a team that could bring him back to the forefront of the MVP conversation.