The fact that J.J. Watt has an AFC leading 16.5 sacks, a Texans franchise record, is a feat for a player less than two years into his NFL career.
What makes that number even more impressive is when you look at how else Watt affects the game.
His team leading 87 tackles indicates he is not strictly a pass rush artist.
How about his 15 pass deflections?
The top five sack leaders in the NFL besides Watt have a total of two pass deflections on the season.
“A lot of people see the sacks, the batted balls, all that. But I take pride in being an all-around player, a guy who can play both the run and the pass and play the run in different ways and the pass in different ways,” Watt said.
Watt has been a terror for opposing offenses to account for out of his defensive end spot in the Texans 3-4 scheme.
It’s Andrew Luck’s turn this week to go under center and look across a defensive front that includes one of the game’s most dominating players.
Earlier this week, Watt offered his thoughts on the Colts rookie quarterback.
“He’s a guy that doesn’t play like a rookie by any means. He’s very smart. He has a good arm. But he’s also elusive,” Luck said. “He can scramble, he can run, and he doesn’t get flustered. I think that’s one of the best things about him is he doesn’t get flustered. He plays very well late in the games and he just plays like a vet. You can tell he’s a competitor.”
The word ‘competitor’ can be used to describe Watt as well.
After spending one year as a tight end at Central Michigan University, Watt became a pizza delivery boy and decided to transfer to the University of Wisconsin.
He returned to his home state and began to work on his next goal of earning a Big Ten scholarship.
Today, Watt has achieved much more than that and he’s in awe just thinking back to his path to the NFL.
“It’s crazy. It is truly crazy,” Watt said. “I don’t get much time, to sit down and think about it but the times I do, it’s pretty crazy to think about how much has happened in such a short period of time.”
At Wisconsin, Watt learned his ability to swat balls from coach Charlie Partridge and has continued to work on it daily with the Texans.
Watt knows he isn’t your prototypical edge, speed rusher in the league and embraces the phrase of an ‘old school’ football player.
“I think that’s a compliment so I’ll take it as a compliment. I like to be a hybrid of old school and new school if that’s possible,” Watt said. “I love the mentality of old-school players just kind of tough-nosed, hard-nosed guys, with also combining some of the techniques and ways of the new school. So I’m honored and that’s definitely a compliment.”
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