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J.J. Watt | Defensive Lineman

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 289
College: Wisconsin
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Texans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.
It's worth $6.969 million, and the no-brainer to end all no-brainers for the Texans. Watt has emerged as a singular force, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. He's been a first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. Apr 17 - 8:19 PM

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J.J. Watt said his goal for this season is 20 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss and 20 batted balls.

Last season, Watt busted out with 20.5 sacks, 23.5 TFLs and 16 swats on his way to Defensive Player of the Year honors. They're unheard of numbers, but we wouldn't be surprised if he can duplicate them. Watt is still on the upswing at age 24 and played most of last year with torn ligaments in his elbow.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 08:40:00 AM

J.J. Watt is feeling soreness in his troublesome left elbow.

It's nothing overly serious, but it's notable because this is the same elbow that he hurt last training camp. He did go on to post 20.5 sacks and win Defensive Player of the Year honors. Watt, the clear-cut No. 1 player in IDP circles, expects to wear an elbow brace all year long once again this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 08:18:00 AM

Texans LE J.J. Watt revealed that he played the entire 2012 season with multiple torn ligaments in his elbow.

Watt suffered the injury early in training camp. Instead of undergoing surgery, Watt popped the elbow back in and played with a left-arm brace all year. "All the ligaments in there were torn, they were all gone," said Watt. "(I’m) looking forward to a 100 percent full healthy season." It's scary to think Watt won NFL Defensive Player of the Year playing at less than full strength.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 12:45:00 AM

Texans LE and 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt stated after the season that he's "still learning what I’m doing out there."

"Just wait ‘til next year," Watt promised. "I’m 23 years old. I’m two years into the league. I’m still learning ... My second year is not going to be my best year in the NFL, I can promise you that." Andre Johnson suggested in December that Watt is on pace to become "probably the greatest Texan to come through here." Expect Watt to attract constant double and triple teams going forward.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 10:27:00 PM

J.J. Watt has been named the Associated Press' 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Watt was a near unanimous selection with 49 of a possible 50 votes. He finished first in the NFL with 20.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss, and obliterated the unofficial records for batted passes (16) and defeats (56). He also led the league in tackles for loss (22), had 76 QB disruptions, and posted a defensive stop on 17.2 percent of his snaps. Texans DC Wade Phillips insists Watt's 2012 season was the "absolute best" of any defensive lineman in NFL history. Broncos linebacker Von Miller is the only other player to receive a vote for the award.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 08:28:00 PM

Texans DC Wade Phillips insists DL J.J. Watt's 2012 season was the "absolute best" of any defensive lineman in NFL history.

Phillips has been a defensive line coach, coordinator, or head coach in the NFL since 1976. He will get no argument from us. In addition to his league-lead 20.5 sacks, Watt also obliterated the unofficial records for batted passes (16) and "defeats" in the run game (56). He also led the league in tackles for loss (22), had 76 QB disruptions, and posted a defensive stop on 17.2 percent of his snaps. Watt became the first player to earn a grade of +100.0 in Pro Football Focus' ratings. As dominant as Von Miller and Geno Atkins were in 2012, Watt is the easy choice for defensive player of the year.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 06:13:00 PM

J.J. Watt needs two sacks in the regular season finale to tie the NFL record.

Watt got to Christian Ponder once on Sunday, giving him 20.5 sacks on the season. He's just the ninth player in the history of the league to reach 20 and now has his sights set on Michael Strahan's record, set in 2001. When Watt faced the Colts in Week 15, he racked up three sacks and 10 tackles. He gets them again in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 08:51:00 PM

With three sacks in Thursday's game at Detroit, J.J. Watt now owns the Texans single season record with 14.5.

He trails Aldon Smith by half a sack for the NFL lead. Watt finished the game with four tackles for a loss, five QB hurries, and two passes defended. He's now up to 13 passes defensed on the season. Watt and Von Miller are the leading candidates for defensive player of the year.
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 01:31:00 PM

Texans LE J.J. Watt is the first player since Kevin Greene in 1998 to have multiple sacks in each of the first four games in a season.

Since 1982, only eight players have registered more sacks than Watt's 7.5 in their first four games. The NFL's most dominant player was rewarded with AFC Defensive Player of the Month of the month honors. According to numbers compiled by Rotoworld's Evan Silva, Watt has tallied 40 tackles, 12 sacks, 17 QB hits, 16 tackles for loss, nine batted passes and a pick-six over his last eight games. He's been an unholy terror for a Texans defense that doesn't spend much time on the field thanks to an offense that ranks second in the NFL in average time of possession.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 10:57:00 AM

Texans LE J.J. Watt posted 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss in the Texans' Week 3 win over the Broncos.

Watt's breakout season continues. Through three weeks, he's terrorized offenses to the tune of 5.5 sacks, 15 tackles and five pass breakups. East of San Francisco, there might not be a better 3-4 end in football.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 08:31:00 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak said LE J.J. Watt has "had two outings as good as you can possibly have."

Watt has emerged as one of the best defensive players in the league. He's backed up last year's season-ending breakout by posting three sacks, five pass deflections and eight tackles through the first two games of this year. The Broncos are going to have their hands full with this Texans defense on Sunday.
Wed, Sep 19, 2012 10:57:00 AM

Texans LE J.J. Watt had two tackles, 1.5 sacks and two pass deflections that led to interceptions in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Watt played with a brace on his left elbow, but it didn't limit him at all. The 2011 first-round pick has the potential to be dominant in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Over his last three games (including playoffs), Watt incredibly has 17 tackles, five sacks, six quarterback hits, one interception return for a touchdown, and four passes defensed. He's on a tear.
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 09:57:00 AM

Texans LE J.J. Watt (elbow) anticipates being 100 percent healthy for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins.

Watt is also chomping at the bit to tee off on Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "We're excited to welcome him into the league," Watt said with a grin. The Texans might be the best fantasy defense start for Opening Day.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 02:41:00 PM

Texans LE J.J. Watt (elbow) is expected to resume practicing next week.

Watt will end up missing all four preseason games, although the target date all along has been Week 1. The 11th overall pick in last year's draft, Watt registered 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and four pass breakups as a 16-game rookie starter. He's a long-term building block for Houston's up-and-coming defense.
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 11:03:00 PM