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Why Deshaun Watson should go over his passing yardage and touchdown total in 2020

Deshaun Watson has a high ceiling in 2020 despite having lost DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson celebrates after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson had a strong year in 2019. The Houston Texans quarterback amassed 3,852 passing yards and threw for 26 touchdowns in his third NFL season. But he’ll have to make a major adjustment in 2020, as DeAndre Hopkins has been traded to to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson.

DraftKings Sportsbook has set Watson’s passing yards over/under at 4,150.5. His passing touchdowns mark is at 27.5. Will he be able to produce without his favorite target?

Prediction: Over 4,150.5 passing yards, Over 27.5 TDs

Watson’s career high for passing touchdowns is 26, and he’s recorded that many for two years straight. He reached a career-high 4,165 passing yards in 2018. Watson probably could’ve set two new career highs last season, but Houston rested him in the final game of the regular season after it clinched first place in the AFC South.

Over 30% of Watson’s targets, completions, and passing yards have gone to Hopkins, so losing him is a big deal. However, the Texans have added some quality receivers this offseason to replace him. Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb have been added to a group that includes Kenny Stills and Will Fuller V. David and Duke Johnson can both be assets as receivers out of the backfield as well. Watson might not have an elite go-to guy, but he does have an abundance of other weapons to work with.

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