|Assets:||Always around the ball and disrupting the offense; an elite sack artist yet also multi-dimensional: makes a lot of tackles and gets his hands up in passing lanes. Possesses good size, athletic ability, intensity, and smarts. Very aggressive and a constant threat to tackle for losses.|
|Flaws:||Still honing his craft as a defender and could do even more picking his spots dropping back in pass coverage. His all-out style may eventually catch up to him in the durability department.|
|Career Potential:||Elite pass-rushing defensive end.|
|NFL||Defensive Player of the Year||2012|
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2013, 2012|
|9/02/2014||Signed by the Houston Texans to a six-year contract extension.|
|4/17/2014||Houston Texans exercised their contract option for the 2015 season.|
|11/30/2012||Fined $15,750 by the NFL.|
|12/30/2011||Fined $15,000 by the NFL.|
|7/31/2011||Signed by the Houston Texans to a four-year contract.|
|4/28/2011||Drafted by the Houston Texans in the 1st round (11th Overall) in 2011.|
J. J. Watt dealing with minor knee injury | 06/14/2014 10:24 AM
NewsTexans LE J. J. Watt missed Friday's practice after tweaking his knee.
Impact"He's fine," said coach Bill O'Brien. "It's not serious at all. We just gave him the day off." Move along. Nothing to see here. Watt should be ready to go for minicamp and is a good bet to earn first-team All-Pro honors for the third straight season.
Texans officially exercise Watt's option year | 04/17/2014 8:19 PM
NewsTexans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.
Field Yates on Twitter
ImpactIt's the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. Watt has emerged as a singular force in the Texans' 3-4 defense, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. He's been a first-team All-Pro each of the past two seasons. Watt will make a paltry $1.907 million in 2014, but that number will skyrocket in 2015, absent an extension. Under the terms of the CBA, former top-10 picks get the average of the 10-highest paid players at their position in their option year.
J.J. Watt wants 20/20/20 this season | 08/15/2013 8:40 AM
NewsJ.J. Watt said his goal for this season is 20 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss and 20 batted balls.
ImpactLast 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.
J.J. Watt dealing with elbow soreness | 08/05/2013 8:18 AM
NewsJ.J. Watt is feeling soreness in his troublesome left elbow.
ImpactIt'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.
J.J. Watt played through torn up elbow | 04/04/2013 12:45 AM
NewsTexans LE J.J. Watt revealed that he played the entire 2012 season with multiple torn ligaments in his elbow.
ImpactWatt 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.
J.J. Watt says he's 'still learning' | 03/03/2013 11:27 PM
NewsTexans 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."
Impact"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.
J.J. Watt gets AP Defensive Player of Year | 02/02/2013 9:28 PM
NewsJ.J. Watt has been named the Associated Press' 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
ImpactWatt 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.
Phillips: Watt had best DE season in history | 01/10/2013 7:13 PM
NewsTexans DC Wade Phillips insists DL J.J. Watt's 2012 season was the "absolute best" of any defensive lineman in NFL history.
Nick Scurfield on Twitter
ImpactPhillips 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.
|Tackles||9||at Ten||Week 17||10|
|Assists||4||2 times-last:at Ind||last:Week 15||2|
|Sacks||2||2 times-last:vs. Oak||last:Week 11||3|
|Sacks Yards||21||vs. Oak||Week 11||22|
|Fumble Recoveries||2||at Ari||Week 10||1|
|Defensive TD||0||16 times-last:at Ten||last:Week 17||0|
|Interceptions||0||16 times-last:at Ten||last:Week 17||0|
|Interceptions Yards||0||16 times-last:at Ten||last:Week 17||0|
|Interceptions TD||0||16 times-last:at Ten||last:Week 17||0|
|Fumble Recoveries||2||3 times-last: 2013 (Hou)|