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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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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

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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

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.
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

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