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Deshaun Watson's Touchdown Totals Have Him on a Hall-of-Fame Trajectory

Max Staley
Deshaun Watson has been incredibly prolific since entering the league.
Deshaun Watson has been incredibly prolific since entering the league. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
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Deshaun Watson has been remarkably productive since taking over as the Houston Texans starter. His 71 passing touchdowns are the 10th most ever for a quarterback during his first three seasons in the NFL. But that stat completely ignores how dangerous Watson is on the ground, as well.

And when you factor rushing touchdowns in, Watson appears to be on a true Hall-of-Fame trajectory.

Watson's 85 total touchdowns (passing TDs plus rushing TDs) are tied for the fifth-most ever over a quarterback's first three NFL seasons. He only trails Dan Marino (100), Andrew Luck (98), Peyton Manning (88) and Andy Dalton (87). Surprisingly, the man he's tied with is Jeff Garcia (85). You can check out the whole query here.

Garcia and Dalton aside, that's some truly elite company. Marino and Manning are among the best to ever play the position, and Luck was looking like a Hall-of-Fame lock had he not retired early due to injuries.

And speaking of injuries, Watson's productivity only looks more impressive when they're accounted for. Watson has only played 38 games at the NFL level, which is fewer appearances than anyone else ahead of him in terms of total touchdowns. He has averaged about 2.24 total TDs on a per-game basis – that's actually the second-best mark of anyone on this list, trailing only Marino (2.33).

To be fair, Patrick Mahomes' 2.58 per game is in a league of its own, but he's a unique case because he's been in the league for three years, but has only been a starter for two seasons.

Still, Watson has been historically productive since entering the league. If he keeps this up, it certainly seems like he'll be headed to Canton when all is said and done.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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