J. J. Watt DL HOU Jul 31 '12

Texans DC Wade Phillips is already predicting a Hall of Fame career path for second-year DE J.J. Watt.

Phillips compares Watt to Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long. "He's going to be a bust -- not a first-round bust but a bust in the Hall of Fame," Phillips said. "The only players I've seen that can do what he can do with his intensity can be found in Canton ... He's powerful, and he's got a great feel for what it takes to play his position. He dominated the line of scrimmage against two playoff teams ... He wants to be a great player." Watt is one of several reasons the Texans are a top-10 fantasy defense this year.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jan 25 '12

J.J. Watt "hit the proverbial rookie wall and destroyed it" in the Texans' two playoff games, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Watt earned well-deserved kudos for his athletic, game-changing pick-six in the win over the Bengals. He was even better at Baltimore, exploding for 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and three QB hurries. Watt earned the moniker "The Milkman" from teammates because he always delivers. Houston's "Bulls on Parade" defense may have more young talent than any in the NFL.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Aug 01 '112 Comments

As expected, the Titans immediately installed No. 11 overall pick J.J. Watt as the starting left defensive end to open training camp.

The Texans do this with their first-rounder ever year, and they've enjoyed success with the approach for the most part. Watt made an immediate impression on teammates and onlookers, batting down two balls in a drill. "If today's any indication, he's going to be just fine," said coach Gary Kubiak.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jul 31 '11

Texans signed No. 11 overall pick DE J.J. Watt to a four-year, $11.23 million contract.

Watt will play the five-technique left end opposite Antonio Smith with Mario Williams moving to outside linebacker. Explosive and athletic, the 6'6/290 Watt tallied 36.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries, and 14 pass breakups in two years at Wisconsin. The Texans are up-and-coming defense with Wade Phillips calling the shots.