J.J. Watt working with no restrictions at Texans OTAs

The most dominant player in the game is back and working at 100% in OTAs, which is good news for the Texans defense.

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J.J. Watt working with no restrictions at Texans OTAs


  • J.J. Watt said that he is feeling “very, very good” and that he has no restrictions relating to his back injury.
  • Watt played just 167 snaps last season, missing 13 weeks of the season due to a back injury.
  • In the PFF era Watt has earned the three highest single-season grades ever given out to an interior defender, with 2013 being his best as he earned a 98.8 grade.
  • In his last healthy season, he led all 3-4 defensive ends with a 12.2 pass-rush productivity score, and the 90-total pressures he tallied were 12 more than the next closest defender.
  • In the PFF era no qualifying 3-4 defensive end has ever had a higher run-stop percentage than Watt did in 2012. He finished with a 17.1 percent run-stop percentage, while his 52 run stops were the most among any lineman in the NFL that year.IMG_23052017_190722_0
  • crosseyedlemon

    Anyone who has had back surgery knows you never fully recover from that.

    • Andre Taylor

      Thats true in certain situations, however with the technology that exist, along with modern medicine. A player can come back and be an excellent player, even if Watt isn’t who he was. 80% of J.J. Watt is better than most D-lineman in the NFL.

  • Carson Matthies

    I’ll have to disagree with you, I had back surgery in 2012 and have fully
    recovered from it, I have no limitations from it at all. Granted I’m obviously not
    out doing the same things an all pro DL like Watt is doing but I do
    lift, run, etc. From my understanding back surgeries have tremendously
    improved over the last 10 years or so making a full recovery far more probable than it used to be. With his work ethic and ability to have top end surgeons and rehab specialists it wouldn’t surprise me if he was able to truly come back 100%.

  • Andre Taylor

    This will be a very interesting season for the Houston Texans, QB Tom Savage is a decent QB. However injuries have derailed him every time he has gotten a chance to start, if Deshone Watson is good as advertised then the Texans have real chance to make some noise in the AFC. If J.J. Watt comes back and is 80 to 85% of the player he was in 2015. With the pieces they have on defense, the Texans will be downright scary. Watt and Clowney on the D-line in the Texans 3-4, with OLB Whitney Mercilus, ILB’s Benardick McKinney, Brian Cushing and rookie LB Zach Cunningham. Their defense will dominating, although CB A.J.Bouye left in free agency to the Jaguar’s. The secondary is still solid with CB’s Jonathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, FS Andre Hal, SS K.J.Dillon, and picked up some depth in the draft and some undrafted free agents. Watt will not feel alot of pressure to come back if he isn’t healthy, because we have seen the Texans defense win and perform without Watt.