Deshaun Watson’s game is a mix of risk and restraint. To get better, he learned chess.

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“Taking what the defense gives me,” the Houston Texans’ 24-year-old quarterback says, though he’s not talking about a game that has made him rich and famous and, if not the league’s most valuable player, his team’s most essential one.

This Giants rookie is mastering chess — and he could be just the piece the team needs right now

New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes playing chess in Los Angeles while he was still a student-athlete at UCLA.Seth Makowsky   By Zack Rosenblatt | NJ Advance Media for Darnay Holmes is in a meeting room at UCLA, balancing on one foot, a dumbbell in one hand. Pawn to E4. Seth Makowsky makes his move. Holmes […]

UCLA hopes a fondness for chess will help checkmate the competition


Joshua Kelley anticipated his move as he studied the game footage. The linebackers plugged the openings created by the offensive line, producing a conundrum for the running back. Should he cut outside? Crash into the middle of the line? Charge toward a hole that hadn’t materialized? Kelley, UCLA’s star tailback, felt as if he knew what to […]