He laughed, he danced and made children scream with delight.
But lost in the fun and games of J.J. Watt's Monday morning community event at the Houston Texans YMCA was a football nugget: the month of August is a bit of a laboratory for the fifth-year defensive end.
"Training camp's the greatest," Watt said. "Because it's a chance for you to try new moves. Try new things. See what's successful, see what's not."
After a 20.5 sack season, along with an NFL-best 51 quarterback hits, Watt will try to add to his repertoire. Mixed in with the daily work against his teammates, are three practices versus Washington next week in Richmond, Virginia.
Watt also said "there's nothing better" than getting back to work with his teammates, and building camaraderie during camp.
Watt said it's the fifth straight year he's done the Gatorade "Beat the Heat" program. He interacted with the kids in attendance, running them through drills and then emphasizing the importance of staying hydrated. All the children at the mini-camp had to make good grades in school to get into the program.
The first practice of training camp is this Saturday morning for Watt and the Texans.
They'll work at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
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