Gruden addressed Watson’s play during a conference call with reporters. The Raiders are entering the game with a 3-3 record, while the Texans are 4-3. Gruden understands what the team is up against.
“Everybody that meets Watson likes Watson,” Gruden said, according to Sports Illustrated. “I get accused of liking everybody, you know that, but if you don’t like Deshaun Watson, you don’t like anybody. You’re a miserable human being if you don’t like this kid. The room lights up when he walks in. He’s charismatic. You love where he came from, you love how hard he’s worked to get to where he is, and he’s never lost his family and where he came from.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks with reporters during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
“He’s just a great, great person and unfortunately for us, he’s really turned into an all-around superstar quarterback.”
Watson is in his third season with Houston and has led the Texans to key wins over the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons. Each of their three losses was by seven points or less.
The Clemson product has thrown for 1,952 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.