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Watt signed a six-year extension with the Texans on Tuesday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
The contract ensures that Watt becomes the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. Through 48 career games, the pass rusher has been a devastating force against all comers, accumulating 36.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries. With rookie JaDeveon Clowney's similarly high motor opposite Watt for the first time this season, it remains to be seen what heights the 2012 Defensive Player of Year will scale in the years to come.
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Watt was held out of Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta.
There's nothing to be concerned about here. This was just a routine week off in preseason.
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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.
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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 May 26 '79
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.