Could J.J. Watt have his best year yet in 2018?
In a recent list predicting every team's potential Most Valuable Player this season, NFL.com expects Watt to do big things in 2018. NFL.com writer Dan Hanzus wrote:
"When's the last time we saw peak J.J. Watt? You have to go all the way back to the 2015 season, when Houston's hometown hero was putting the final touches on a four-year run of dominance that rivals that of any defensive player in NFL history. At 29, there's still reason to believe he can be that player again after back and leg injuries wiped out most of his last two seasons."
Watt, a four-time All-Pro, still checked in at No. 84 on the latest NFL Top 100 list, despite suffering a tibial plateau fracture that sidelined him for 11 games. After earning the AP Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015, Watt underwent season-ending back surgery in 2016.
When it comes to the star defensive end rehabbing his way back from injury though, head coach Bill O'Brien said to never bet against Watt.
"He's going to be back, he's going to be at full strength, and he's going to help us win a lot of games," O'Brien said in an interview with NFL Network last month.
So, how about the rest of the AFC South? Here are the MVP predictions from around the division:
Indianapolis Colts: QB Andrew Luck
Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette
Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota
J.J. Watt--from his time as a Texan back to his Wisconsin Badger days--is featured here in photos.