Bill O’Brien believes J.J. Watt will participate in OTA’s

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Getting J.J. Watt back for the 2017 can only help a Houston Texans defense that ranked first in the NFL last season.

One of the biggest questions heading into next season is whether or not Texans star defensive lineman J.J. Watt will be back to his old self after undergoing back surgery last year.

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Watt during his press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday.

“J.J.’s doing well. I’m not a doctor. I’m not going to stand up here and give you exactly everything that’s going on with him medically because, to be honest with you, I don’t really know. I just know that in my conversations with him – I know I’m not allowed to talk about football with him and things like that. I don’t want to like get in trouble with the CBA, but I can tell you that he is doing very well. He’s in great shape. He can’t wait to be back. He’ll probably participate, to a certain extent, in OTAs. But OTAs for the linemen is a little bit different than OTAs for the receivers and the DBs. It’s more of a passing camp, a teaching camp. So, the true test for him will be training camp, and I know that he’s really looking forward to training camp and coming back and playing as good as ever in 2017,” said O’Brien, via the Houston Texans PR.

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O’Brien is right.  OTA’s are more for the skill position players. But that’s a good thing.

Houston doesn’t need Watt to be going full speed.  They just need him to get back on the field again and get used to running around and going through the motions as a defensive lineman.

The most important thing right now is for Watt to strengthen his back and make sure he can stay healthy for an entire season.

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