Writer's Annual 'Superstar Club' Surprisingly Drops Tom Brady for Deshaun Watson

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Is Tom Brady still a superstar? Well, obviously, that's a dumb question. The man is one of the best signal callers of all time.

Well, according to writer Dan Hanzus in this year's edition of "Superstar Club", TB12 is somehow off the list.

In fact, Hanzus not only removed the six-time Super Bowl champion from the club, he added Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson instead. Watson joins the club that still includes Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes.

The article details some signs of regression from Brady last season. Hanzus cites Brady's struggles with downfield accuracy, missing open receivers and his presence in the pocket as evidence to believe the Patriots quarterback will take a step back in 2019.

Hanzus' belief in Watson stems from his electric 2018 campaign, his first full season as a starter. Watson accounted for 31 of Houston's 38 offensive touchdowns, backing up his promising rookie season that was cut short by an ACL injury.

However, part of Hanzus' decision seems to stem from speculation regarding the future performances of the two quarterbacks. Hanzus brings up the retirement of tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots' lackluster wide receivers and age for reasons to think Brady will decline in 2019. On the other hand, Hanzus feels Watson will take another step forward with his two star receivers and an improved offensive line.

Hey, even Kansas City Chief safety Tyrann Mathieu thinks highly of Watson. Mathieu took to Twitter to show his displeasure with Madden's ranking of his former teammate. Expecting great things from the third-year quarterback is understandable. But, if there is one thing that Brady has taught us, it's to never doubt him or his team.