J.J. Watt is a powerful player, even by NFL standards. We know this because, throughout the NFL season, he rag-dolls offensive linemen on a weekly basis.
Watt's height is 6 feet 5 inches and his weight is 361 pounds. He went to high school in Jersey City, New Jersey and attended college at Wisconsin where he was a three-year starter and finished his career with 51 sacks and four interceptions. As a rookie in 2012, J.J. Watt won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Watt first entered the league when the Houston Texans selected him with the number 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He has since played all but one game for Houston and is considered one of the best defenders in the league.
On January 13, 2014, Watt announced that he would be skipping the NFL Combine and all other pre-draft activities to prepare for the 2014 season. This decision was made after discussions with doctors who were concerned about the stress of playing defensive end in the NFL. Watt returned to combine drills in April 2014.
He currently plays for the Texans and they go up against Dallas in Week 11 of the NFL season.
J.J. Watt, a five-time All-Pro, announced his mutual release from the Houston Texans on Friday. Watt, the 11th overall choice in the 2011 draft, also departs Houston as a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team in 2010. He finished with 126 tackles, 46 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and a touchdown last season.
Watt's departure clears $12 million in cap space for the Texans, who are looking to rebuild their defense after finishing last in the league against the pass this past season. The 28-year-old Watt signed a six-year, $100 million contract with Houston in 2011.
He played only eight games in 2014 due to multiple injuries before being shut down for the year. Before his injury woes, Watt was having one of the best seasons of his career, notching 49 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks.
Watt had surgery last November to repair a herniated disc in his neck and hasn't played since. He said at the time of his announcement that he plans to return to football in 2015.
Watt has long been regarded as one of the best defensive players in the game. He made his presence known right away with 16 sacks as a rookie while helping lead the Texans to a 10-6 record.
J.J. Watt and T.J. Watt are two of the NFL's top 25 defensive players. The three Watt brothers have all been signed to NFL teams for the 2020 season. They come from a family of athletes: their father, John Watt, was an offensive lineman in the NFL for 11 seasons; their uncle, Derek Watt, played running back in the NFL; and their cousin, Breeland, also plays running back for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Wats' career has included many firsts. It is believed that they are the first trio of siblings to play on the same team in the NFL. They also hold several team records together. Their combined total of 92 quarterback sacks is most among triplets and ranks them ninth all time. They also have four interceptions each and have helped stop opponents from scoring a touchdown on over 95% of drives this year.
In 2014, J.J. won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award after recording 59 tackles, 12 sacks, and two fumble recoveries in 16 games (one start). He is expected to be one of the top picks in this year's NFL draft. T.J., who is also considered one of the best linebackers in football, came in second with 79 tackles, 9 sacks, and 2 interceptions. They are the first pair of brothers to win the award simultaneously.
J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans has earned the NFL's defensive player of the year award three times. He was hoped his brother would win it this year. Rather, Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt took home the honor.
Watt is the first player to win the award three years in a row. The last defender to do so was Lawrence Taylor in 1986-87-88.
A safety or "safety man" is a defensive player who covers the field behind the main line of scrimmage. They are usually but not always included in lists of the best defenders in their position. Although they play a vital role in limiting big plays and scoring opportunities, they often get overlooked by fans and the media because they don't make spectacular catches or run very fast. However, good safeties are important components in any defense because without them, offenses could easily score at will.
There are several different types of safety positions: strong safety, free safety, box safety, boundary safety and center safety. Each type of safety specializes in one or more aspects of the game. For example, strong safeties are expected to cover large portions of the field while tackling and making stops at the line of scrimmage. They may also be asked to help out with pass coverage or act as an extra linebacker on certain downs.