J.J. Watt proves his back is fine after winning home run derby

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I think Houston Texans’ star J.J. Watt is going to be just fine for the upcoming season.

One of the biggest questions heading into the 2017 NFL season is whether or not Texans’ star defensive tackle J.J. Watt will be able to stay healthy after undergoing two back surgeries.

Watt’s charity softball game went down tonight and he was able to swing a bat without a problem as he won the home run derby.

The Texans official Twitter account posted a video of Watt’s home run that won him the derby.

Watt was asked about his back at the game.

From ESPN‘s Sarah Barshop:

"J.J. Watt said he is not concerned about swinging the bat after his two back surgeries. “No, I feel fantastic,” Watt said. “I’ve done more core work in the past eight months than I think just about anybody in the world. My core is about as tight and locked in as it can get at the moment. So, I’m feeling alright swinging the bat.’"

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Watt also participated in a recent charity golf outing, which is another indication that his back is fine.  If it wasn’t he wouldn’t be swinging a bat or a club right now.

Getting Watt back is just icing on the cake for a Texans defense that ranked first in the NFL last season. This is why I mentioned earlier this week that trading him would make the most sense.

If the Texans do hold onto Watt–which is expected–Houston’s defense should be a huge help to quarterback Tom Savage and the offense.

Right now, there’s no question that Watt is healthy as we get closer to training camp.