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Why Watson's strike to Hopkins worked (0:38)

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson had a huge day against the Titans, throwing for four touchdowns and running for a fifth. ESPN's Matt Bowen breaks down why his 8-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins was a success. (0:38)

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has burst onto the scene after replacing Tom Savage at halftime of the season opener, producing several highlight-reel plays. Watson leads the NFL with a 79.0 Total QBR, and he racked up five total touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. With an offensive system in Houston that has adapted to cater to Watson's dynamic talent, the Clemson product is attacking open throwing windows, dicing up opponents in the quick passing game and using his natural athletic ability to put stress on opposing defenses.

But what does the tape tell us about Watson? And is this type of high-level production really sustainable? Let's break down how the Texans are putting Watson in a position to succeed by looking at a few plays, and let's also note corrections the rookie needs to make as he continues to develop:


Adapting the game plan to Watson

Through 18 quarters of action, Watson has thrown for 811 yards with seven touchdown passes. He is completing 64.9 percent of his passes and averaging 7.1 yards per attempt, both of which are right around the league average.