Sarah Barshop, ESPN Staff Writer 67d

Deshaun Watson putting historic performance behind him with Chiefs next

HOUSTON -- Deshaun Watson has seen the long list of records he broke or tied in the Houston Texans' 57-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He saw he was named the AFC Rookie of the Week on Wednesday morning.

But despite the praise coming from the outside, the quarterback said he has to keep improving and build upon what he did in Week 4.

“It's a cool honor, but I can't settle for it,” Watson said. “Can't settle for it. Always have to make sure that, like I said before, improving and trying to be the best player because you're only as good as your next game.

“We have a big test this week with the Kansas City Chiefs and we have to do it over.”

In just his third NFL start, Watson had the best game of his young career, going 25-of-34 for 283 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He added 24 yards and a touchdown on four carries on the ground.

Watson's five-score performance tied the record for touchdowns by a rookie quarterback. According to Elias, Watson joins Fran Tarkenton and Charlie Conerly as the only rookies in NFL history to have four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a game.

“[Those records are] pretty big, but I always believed that history repeats itself,” Watson said. “It was a matter of time before somebody was doing it or was going to do it, so why not me?”

“My mentality is always try to improve each and every way. I'm still a rookie that's still trying to learn and experience some different things. So, I'm just taking it one play at a time and I'm looking forward to the next game. I can't get caught up in what I did the previous week. I have to make sure that I am looking forward to the next week because it's always a new week.”

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien called Watson a "special young man and a good football player," but said the rookie still has "a long way to go."

"He knows better than anybody, he's really good about this I believe, is that you can't rest on your laurels," O'Brien said. "You've got to move on to the next challenge. It's big. It's a big part of your maturation as a player is understanding that every week's different and every week's a very challenging week.”

And although Watson knows he has to improve, he also has the confidence that he can keep his success going.

"I'm a confident player," Watson said. "I'm a confident person, so I feel like I can play at this level. I'm just going to continue to try to do that each and every week.”

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