J.J. Watt gets a lot of attention. And not just from fans.
On the field, offensive coordinators have been finding ways to limit Watt's big plays. Each week, the Texans star defensive end finds himself trying to shed double teams and multiple blockers.
"I've always had it, so part of its obviously just taking it and fighting through it and doing what you can, then having great players around like, obviously, Whitney (Mercilus) making great plays, other guys making plays," Watt said. "Then part of it is just, whether it's moving around in the front or whether it's finding different ways, different moves or other ways to combat it. It's always going to happen. It's always been there and it always will be."
With teams game-planning for him, Watt still impacts the game even if his stats don't always reflect it. In Week 2, Watt broke free for his first fumble recovery of the season and is now tied with Julius Peppers (14) for the most in in the NFL since 2011. Watt also added two tackles and a quarterback hit in the win over Jacksonville but finished the game without a sack for the second week in a row.
"It's pretty tough when you think about it," defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. "When you think about if you're going one-on-one, you only have to fight one guy, but if you have two or three guys to fight, that's twice as much weight or three times as much weight, so you have to expend twice as much energy and still be able to play the whole game, which he's able to do. That says a lot about his desire, his feeling about the team and wanting the team to win and doing everything he can to help the team win."
The Texans five-time First-Team All-Pro then recorded five tackles (three solo), two tackles for loss and five quarterback hits in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Watt also picked up his first two sacks of the season, splitting two and recording one by himself on quarterback Philip Rivers.
"Everybody else was a little more worried about it than I was," Watt said Sunday. "The outside world seems to make a big deal out of things, which I understand. That's what you do. But I knew it was just a matter of time. They come in bunches when they come. Today was a good day. We had guys all over, making unbelievable plays."
The Texans defense collectively finished with five sacks against Rivers, with D.J. Reader notching 1.5 sacks.
"D.J. is one of the most underrated players in the league, in my opinion," Watt said. "He made some great plays. We had guys flying all over the place. I was fortunate enough to get there."
Watt remains the NFL's all-time leader in sacks per game (0.88) and is tied for the second-most sacks (94.0) through a player's first 107 career games in NFL history, trailing Reggie White (110.0) and tied with DeMarcus Ware (94.0).
Houston will next host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.
Houston Texans Fans travel to Los Angeles for the third game of the 2019 NFL season against the Chargers.