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J.J. Watt | Defensive Lineman

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 289
College: Wisconsin
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Texans LE J.J. Watt has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11.
It's his first Defensive Player of the Week of the season, though he's been his thoroughly-dominant self all year. Last week against the Jets, Watt piled up eight solo tackles, a pair of sacks, five tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits. He's on his way to being named a unanimous first-team All-Pro again. Nov 25 - 10:14 AM

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Texans LE J.J. Watt (back) is active for Week 8 against the Titans.

Watt was fully expected to play despite being listed as questionable. The Texans inactives are WR Cecil Shorts, CB Kareem Jackson, LB Akeem Dent, S Rahim Moore, LB Benardrick McKinney, OL Greg Mancz and LB Kourtnei Brown.
Nov 1 - 11:38 AM

Texans LE J.J. Watt (back, questionable) returned to practice on Friday.

He was given Wednesday and Thursday off, but will be good to go against Titans RT Jeremiah Poutasi, who's had a tough time in pass protection this year.
Oct 30 - 2:02 PM

J.J. Watt (back) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Watt is dealing with a minor back injury. Coach Bill O'Brien said he's not concerned about Watt's status for Sunday. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has never missed a game.
Oct 29 - 1:34 PM

J.J. Watt missed Wednesday's practice with a back injury.

Watt called the injury minor after practice and said the "plan" was to play on Sunday. Jadeveon Clowney (illness) was also out on Wednesday, but he is expected to play as well.
Oct 29 - 9:36 AM

J.J. Watt (illness) is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars.

An illness has been spreading through the Texans' locker room though it shouldn't impact anyone's status for Sunday's game. Watt owns PFF's highest 3-4 defensive end grade this year, a title he held last year as well.
Oct 18 - 9:24 AM

J.J. Watt (illness) is questionable for Week 6 against the Jaguars.

Watt was a late addition to the injury report Saturday. He's fully expected to play, but might not be 100 percent. Watt has never missed a game in his career.
Oct 17 - 2:04 PM

J.J. Watt has restructured his contract.

Watt's $10 million roster bonus was converted into a signing bonus, saving the cap-healthy Texans another $8 million against the cap for 2015. It's a simple restructure and not a paycut. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year and occasional tight end is under contract through his age-33 season.
Mar 24 - 9:18 AM

Associated Press named J.J. Watt its 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Watt was unanimously voted by the Associated Press. It's the second time in three years he's won the award. Watt posted 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, and recovered five fumbles in 2014. He also had three receiving touchdowns in Houston's goal-line package. Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 end in three straight years. Watt is under contract through 2021 after the Texans signed him to an eight-year, $108 million contract prior to the season.
Jan 31 - 9:22 PM

J.J. Watt was named Defensive MVP as Team Michael Irvin defeated Team Cris Carter in Sunday's Pro Bowl, 32-28.

We meant to blurb this last night, but our on-duty blurber literally fell asleep during the game. Watt racked up one tackle, a leaping interception, a fumble recovery, and four pass breakups for Team Carter. Quarterbacking Team Irvin for seven possessions, Matthew Stafford was named the game's Offensive MVP, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
Jan 26 - 10:35 AM

J.J. Watt wreaked havoc in the Texans' Week 6 loss to the Colts, ringing up two sacks, three swatted passes and a fumble return for a touchdown.

The Colts — like every other team in the NFL — simply had no answer for Watt as he nearly single-handedly brought the Texans back from a 24-0 first-half deficit. Watt now has fumble, interception and receiving scores on the season, and we're only in Week 6. There's a chance Watt could become the first defensive player since Lawrence Taylor in 1986 to win the NFL MVP award.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 11:57:00 PM

J.J. Watt had one sack, two tackles for loss, one batted ball, five quarterback hits, one blocked extra point and one fumble recovery in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Redskins.

The stats only tell part of the story as Watt consistently collapsed the pocket and made it impossible for Robert Griffin III to look downfield. The truly dominant performance comes five days after landing a new $100 million contract that included $51.8 million guaranteed. "I don't want to be that guy that people say got the money and shut down," Watt said.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 11:18:00 PM

Texans signed LE J.J. Watt to a six-year, $100 million extension, including $51.8 million guaranteed.

The new contract technically makes Watt the highest paid defender in league history, surpassing Bills DE Mario Williams' six-year, $96 million deal. Watt was already under Texans control through 2015 at a severely underpriced $8.88 million across two years, however, and it appears this extension was simply tacked onto the back end of his rookie deal. Watt spoke publicly about his desire for a long-term commitment from Houston in mid-August, which may have sparked discussions. Watt, 25, has 36.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles across his first three NFL seasons to go with an incredible 27 pass breakups, earning him the nickname "J.J. Swatt." Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 defensive end in back-to-back years. He's arguably -- or perhaps inarguably -- the best young player in football, regardless of position.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 01:06:00 AM

J.J. Watt believes he's "outplayed" his rookie contract, and wants an extension.

Signed through 2015, Watt said he hasn't been involved in long-term talks, but would "get involved if I have to."'s Ian Rapoport reports the Texans have been "very engaged" in talks, and that the sides have been "making progress." Watt has made a strong case to be the league's highest-paid defender, but the fact that he has two years left on his deal has to lessen the urgency for the Texans, even if they want to keep their superstar happy.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 05:28:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 08:19:00 PM

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