FantasySP / NFL / J.j. Watt FantasySP / NFL / J.j. Watt Copyright 2018 5330959 <![CDATA[Watt thankful for Joseph pick-six: 'Really didn't want to play another overtime']]> Johnathan Joseph had the play of the day in the Houston Texans’ 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills when he intercepted a quarterback Nathan Peterman pass and returned it 28 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:30 left in the game.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was especially thankful for the score, not only because it gave Houston their third straight victory to improve to 3-3, but it also prevented the Texans from facing a third overtime in as many weeks.

“Yeah, it was an incredible play,” Watt said, who finished with three tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit. “I mean, obviously a gigantic play in the game. Really didn’t want to play another overtime, so very glad he was able to do that. I mean [Joseph] is a vet, savvy, been around the league a long time. Huge play when we needed it.]]> 5330959 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 22:12:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Defense, special teams earn high marks in Texans' 20-13 stunner over Bills]]>
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The Texans defensive line created a lot of pressure and was wrecking havoc on Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen, that eventually led to him being injured and left the game. J.J. Watt got his seventh sack of the season and looks again to be back to his old self]]> 5330918 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 21:30:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Texans | Big game coming for J.J. Watt?]]> J.J. Watt is tied for the NFL lead with 6.0 sacks heading into a Week 6 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen has been sacked an NFL-high 19 times this season.]]> 5329704 Sat, 13 Oct 2018 22:54:02 EDT footballguys <![CDATA[Texans defensive coordinator Crennel: LB Mercilus has been making enough plays]]> Whitney Mercilus has been a part of the Houston Texans’ vaunted pass rush, but he has not recorded even half of one through five games in 2018.

With the Texans sitting at 2-3 and tied for 13th in the NFL with 13, more than half of them provided by defense end J.J. Watt’s six, it leads to wonder if Mercilus needs to make more plays for the Texans defense.

“No,” said defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. “Whitney, one, he doesn’t get as many opportunities as he used to get because we got him in a rotation. So, I think that sometimes that hurts a player, but Whitney understands what I’m trying to get done, and why he’s not in there quite as much and he goes in there and he performs when he’s in there.]]> 5327971 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:00:02 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Pro Football Focus: Watt is the second-best edge defender in the NFL]]> J.J. Watt is having a heck of a comeback season through five games, and his performance is not lost on Pro Football Focus.

The analytics site graded the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and has him slated as the second-best edge defender in the league behind the Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack.

The highest graded edge defenders in the NFL this season.

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 10, 201]]> 5327638 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:24:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Texans Clowney, Reader drawing praise for recent production]]> J.J. Watt, but even the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year knows his job is only made easier by the increased production from his teammates along the line of scrimmage.

Nose tackle D.J. Reader and edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney have combined for 4.5 sacks, 28 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and nine quarterback hits through the first give games of the season. When teams have to keep an eye on both of those defensive linemen, it means less attention on Watt]]> 5327002 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:48:02 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Watt acknowledge's little brother's weekly award, but more impressed with own monthly honor]]> J.J. Watt is impressed with his little brother, linebacker T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers, being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his three sacks, eight tackles, and three tackles for loss against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. However, the elder Watt likes his AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for September much better.

“I think today he got his second AFC Player of the Week or whatever, but, I mean, I got the Player of the Month last month,” Watt said. “So, I think that’s a little cooler.]]> 5326916 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:24:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Defensive backs earn top defense, special teams grades versus Cowboys]]>
Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This one is pretty easy, I should just put J.J. Watt’s name and Jadeveon Clowney’s name and leave it like that. Watt and Clowney are continuing to dominate offensive lines in the NFL. Watt finished with one sack for a loss of nine total yards, Watt also added two tackles. Watt now has six sacks this season which is tied for the most in the NFL. Clowney recorded three total tackles and a half sack as well as two quarterback hits. Clowney split the sack with inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney that led to a loss of 2.5 yards in the third quarter]]> 5325372 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:36:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Texans front seven showed up to stop Cowboys running back Elliott]]> Ezekiel Elliott, but even general manager Brian Gaine surmised that all 11 defenders may not be enough to stop the league’s leading rusher.

However, the trio of defensive end J.J. Watt, edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus were enough to stifle Elliott with five total tackles. Oh, and toss in middle linebacker Benardrick McKinney’s eight tackles and nose tackle D.J. Reader’s four. However you want to slice it, whomever you want to give credit to, the Texans front seven did their job and limited Elliott to 20 carries for 54 yards and just seven catches for 30 yards]]> 5324628 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 2:24:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence showing he's no 1-year wonder]]> J.J. Watt for the first time in the regular season, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli figures it's time to say his best defensive end shares the elite company of the Houston Texans star. Lawrence leads the ...]]> 5321271 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 21:30:01 EDT Washington Times <![CDATA[Crennel coy on Watt's progress]]> J.J. Watt stepped foot on the field again this year, it’s safe to say that most Houston Texans fans were anxious — anxious to see if Watt could stay healthy, anxious to see if he could have an impact, and most of all, anxious to see how much of the old Watt was left.

But, with four games out the way, five sacks under his belt, and an AFC Defensive Player of the Month title as part of his accolades, it’s safe to say that Watt is back.

However, while the stats and highlight reels continue to rack up around Watt and his amazing comeback so far, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Romeo Crennel seems cautious to not put too much pressure, or praise for that matter on the shoulders of his star defensive end]]> 5321232 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:42:02 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Texans and Cowboys prepare for rare meeting]]> J.J. Watt knows how important Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys is to fans of both teams. But the way the Texans' season has gone so far, Watt isn't concerned about the significance of this in-state rivalry and is simply worried about helping his ...]]> 5321019 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:18:01 EDT Washington Times <![CDATA[Texans-Cowboys Thursday injury report: Watt, Clowney practice in full]]>
Premier pass rushers J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney were full participants in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. The two combined for four sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown last week in Indianapolis. The two beasts on the edge also won respective awards this week for their work in September]]> 5321014 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:12:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Cowboys coach Garrett wary of Texans secondary]]>
Ahead of this relatively fledgling instate rivalry, Dallas coach Jason Garrett has been talking all things Texans, praising their impressive front seven which includes AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4 Jadeveon Clowney, and AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September J.J. Watt.

Garrett was surprisingly complimentary when discussing the Texans backfield, a unit which has been riddled with injuries and poor performances since Week 1]]> 5320816 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:42:01 EDT Texans Wire
<![CDATA[Watt not sure if he's 'all the way back' quite yet]]> J.J. Watt has combined for just 1.5 sacks in two season. Both years ending with season-ending injuries and questions if the former three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year would ever return to full form.

Five weeks into the regular season, Watt is currently ranked second among the NFL in sacks with five. Even with those impressive numbers, he’s still not sure that he’s fully healed from both injuries just yet.

“Who says I am?” Watt said during Wednesday’s press conference. “Like I said, I’m still getting better. The first half of the Patriots game in the beginning, after that I really started to build and get better, but it’s just little by little. There’s still a lot of work left to do.]]> 5320277 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:12:01 EDT Texans Wire