By Mark Lane
When the Houston Texans signed former Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil, one of his experiences they had to have liked was his knowledge of protecting mobile quarterbacks.
The Texans have a shifty field general in Deshaun Watson, and Kalil expressed to reporters Tuesday that he wouldn’t have a big learning curve in protecting the Pro Bowler.
“I’ve had Teddy Bridgewater, I’ve had Cam Newton, so I’m definitely used to having a mobile quarterback,” Kalil said during offseason workouts Tuesday at NRG Park. “But watching him and his presence in the pocket and the talent that kid brings to the offense — he’s a tremendous player and to think what he’s accomplished with his limited time in the NFL, the sky’s the limit for that guy.”
The only limitation Watson had in 2018 was related to the rush. The former Clemson Tiger took 62 sacks on the season, leading the NFL. It was particularly distressing in the December stretch run and into the playoffs, contributing to the club’s 21-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.
However, Kalil looks forward to the challenge of protecting Watson, because his ability to escape helps his offensive linemen look better at...