J. J. Watt DL HOU 2 Months

Texans LE J. J. Watt missed Friday's practice after tweaking his knee.

"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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU 3 Months

Texans exercised LE J.J. Watt's team option for 2015.

It'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 DL HOU 12 Months

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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU 12 Months

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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Apr 04 '13

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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Mar 03 '13

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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Feb 02 '13

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.

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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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Dec 23 '12

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. When Watt faced the Colts in Week 15, he racked up three sacks and 10 tackles. He gets them again in Week 17.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Nov 23 '12

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.