J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 weeks ago

Watt had three tackles and two quarterback hits in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Patriots in Week 1.

EDGE Analysis

Watt was initially quiet, but started getting into the backfield more often in the second half. While he didn't get credit for a sack, Watt created the pressure that forced New England quarterback Tom Brady into the waiting arms of D.J. Reader. It was a good effort by Watt, who was limited by injury to eight games played over the last two seasons.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 weeks ago

Coach Romeo Crenel is optimistic that Watt will not be limited in Sunday's season-opener against the Patriots, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

"Right now he's been doing OK in practice," Crennel said, "so he should be there." Watt was heavily limited throughout the preseason, playing only three defensive series in one game against the Rams. While it's hard to say whether Watt will ever have the same impact as during his historically dominant 2012-2015 stretch, the defensive end at least looks likely to start against New England on Sunday.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
4 weeks ago

Watt recorded one tackle and played three defensive series in Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Watt made his preseason debut Saturday, believed to be his only appearance before the regular season. He lined up at both defensive end positions before departing. The headline is that Watt came off the field under his own power and will be ready for the regular season opener Sept. 9 against New England.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
1 month ago

Watt made several impact plays during Wednesday's joint practice session with the 49ers, John Harris of the Texans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt made plays from both the right and left sides of the line, forcing San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into hurried and errant throws, or to adjust his delivery, or to throw an interception. The defensive end said earlier in the week that he will be ready to go Week 1 against the Patriots, and he backed up those words with his actions Wednesday.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
1 month ago

Watt reiterated that he has no doubt he will play Week 1 against New England, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing 24 games the past two years, Watt was cleared to practice without any restrictions at the beginning of training camp. It's hard to say if he'll ever regain his historically dominant form of 2012-15, but there doesn't seem to be any question about his availability. Watt hopes to play in at least one preseason game as a tune-up before Week 1.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 months ago

Watt (leg) is hopeful to play in at least one preseason game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt, who avoided beginning training camp on the PUP list and has been cleared for full activity in practice, hopes to test out his surgically repaired leg in a game situation at some point during the preseason. He's not expected to participate in the Texans' preseason opener against the Chiefs on Thursday, but wants Houston to allow him to get a few live reps in the coming weeks. The team has proceeded cautiously with their star defensive end in past years, as the 29-year-old has dealt with several serious injuries en route to playing in just eight tilts throughout the past two seasons.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 months ago

Watt (leg) has been cleared to practice without restrictions, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Texans general manager Brian Gaine said the defensive end is "full-go" as Houston opened training camp Wednesday. That doesn't mean head coach Bill O'Brien will unleash Watt, who has been limited to eight games and 23 tackles over the last seasons due to leg and back injuries. The Texans have made it a practice to limit Watt's exposure during preseason, so expect the organization to proceed with caution and get the three-time Defensive Player of the Year ready for the start of the regular season.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 months ago

Watt (leg) aced his conditioning test Monday, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen (via Adam Schefter).

EDGE Analysis

After missing 24 games the past two seasons, Watt recently posted a couple pictures to his instagram account which suggest he's back in peak shape. He was held out of the Texans' offseason program while recovering from a tibial plateau fracture, but he's been running since mid-January and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. It isn't out of the question for the 29-year-old defensive end to regain his form of 2012-2015, a stretch in which he averaged 79 tackles and 17 sacks per season.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
4 months ago

Watt (lower leg) is not expected to start training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Bill O'Brien has insisted over the last couple months that Watt will be at full strength before the start of the season, and the defensive end avoiding the PUP would mean he may be even further ahead of schedule than originally thought. Barring any setbacks over the next few months, expect Watt to be healthy enough to participate in training camp and remain on track for the start of the regular season.

J.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
4 months ago

Texans coach Bill O'Brien reiterated Monday that he expects Watt (lower leg) to return at full strength, NFL Network's Good Morning Football reports.

EDGE Analysis

O'Brien deemed Watt ahead of schedule in early March and doubled down on the optimism when talking with the media in early April. While it's a good sign that his coach has been consistently optimistic, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year still hasn't participated in any form of on-field activity since having surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture. He had 1.5 sacks in eight games over the past two seasons, after posting remarkable averages of 78.8 tackles, 17.3 sacks and 3.8 forced fumbles per year while playing every game from 2012 to 2015. Watt turned 29 in March, and he doesn't even need to make it all the way back to his peak form to be a dominant player.