Wilfork ready to play with the 'Beast', J.J. Watt

Vince Wilfork is amped to be a Houston Texan.

A main reason he made the decision: the chance line up alongside two-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. The two have kept in touch since Wilfork put pen to paper on March 16.

"Yeah, we talked since I signed," the defensive lineman said on Thursday. "He's probably more excited than I am. But little does he know, I'm very excited to come down here."

Wilfork's fluent in the system run by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, and said he'll be able to help "teach" some of the younger players about it, if need be. But the he also emphasized that Watt needs little, if anything, in the way of instruction.

"One thing I don't want to do: I don't want to change his game one bit," Wilfork said. "I'm not coming in here to say 'You need to do this differently'. No. 'You continue to do what you do and we're going to learn off of you.'"

Watt abused offenses last season for 20.5 sacks and 51 quarterback hits. More of that is something Wilfork wants.

"My goal is to let J.J. be J.J.," Wilfork said. "I'm pretty sure the coaching staff is going to feel the same way, when you have a guy that dynamic. You can't ask him to change anything. He's been a beast, and hopefully he'll continue to be that beast and I'm looking forward to it."

And he's not the only Wilfork with big expectations of Watt.

"My daughter, she's probably the most excited of all to come down here and meet him," he said of the 12-year old.

The Wilforks will celebrate Easter on Sunday back in Massachusetts.


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