J. J. Watt DL HOU Oct 22 '783 Comments

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 Oct 04 '78

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 Sep 03 '78

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.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jul 16 '78

Texans LE J.J. Watt is the first player since Kevin Greene in 1998 to have multiple sacks in each of the first four games in a season.

Since 1982, only eight players have registered more sacks than Watt's 7.5 in their first four games. The NFL's most dominant player was rewarded with AFC Defensive Player of the Month of the month honors. According to numbers compiled by Rotoworld's Evan Silva, Watt has tallied 40 tackles, 12 sacks, 17 QB hits, 16 tackles for loss, nine batted passes and a pick-six over his last eight games. He's been an unholy terror for a Texans defense that doesn't spend much time on the field thanks to an offense that ranks second in the NFL in average time of possession.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jul 05 '78

Texans LE J.J. Watt posted 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss in the Texans' Week 3 win over the Broncos.

Watt's breakout season continues. Through three weeks, he's terrorized offenses to the tune of 5.5 sacks, 15 tackles and five pass breakups. There might not be a better 3-4 end in football.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jun 30 '78

Coach Gary Kubiak said LE J.J. Watt has "had two outings as good as you can possibly have."

Watt has emerged as one of the best defensive players in the league. He's backed up last year's season-ending breakout by posting three sacks, five pass deflections and eight tackles through the first two games of this year. The Broncos are going to have their hands full with this Texans defense on Sunday.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jun 21 '78

Texans LE J.J. Watt had two tackles, 1.5 sacks and two pass deflections that led to interceptions in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Watt played with a brace on his left elbow, but it didn't limit him at all. The 2011 first-round pick has the potential to be dominant in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Over his last three games (including playoffs), Watt has five sacks, one interception return for a touchdown and four passes defensed.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Jun 14 '784 Comments

Texans LE J.J. Watt (elbow) anticipates being 100 percent healthy for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins.

Watt is also chomping at the bit to tee off on Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "We're excited to welcome him into the league," Watt said with a grin. The Texans might be the best fantasy defense start for Opening Day.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 31 '78

Texans LE J.J. Watt (elbow) is expected to resume practicing next week.

Watt will end up missing all four preseason games, although the target date all along has been Week 1. The 11th overall pick in last year's draft, Watt registered 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and four pass breakups as a 16-game rookie starter. He's a long-term building block for Houston's up-and-coming defense.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 25 '78

Texans LE J.J. Watt (elbow) is "100 percent sure" he'll be ready for Week 1.

"Maybe even earlier," Watt said. "We're going to see on that (returning for a preseason game), but it's definitely a possibility. I wouldn't rule it out." Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a dislocated elbow, but was always expected to be ready for the regular season. It won't be a concern if he doesn't play in the preseason.