I’m not so sure that J.J. Watt is still the best at his position.
Aside from the quarterback position, another big question for the Houston Texans heading into the upcoming season is whether or not defensive lineman J.J. Watt can return to his previous dominant form after two back surgeries.
John Owning of FanRag Sports believes that Watt is still the best edge rusher in the NFL.
Here’s a portion of what Owning wrote:
"Watt is an incredibly tireless worker who has extremely powerful hands and incredibly quick feet. He can win through a blocker’s pads or with hand-fighting techniques. Watt has the best swim move in the NFL, and he uses it to abuse offensive linemen every week.Against the run, Watt is a splash defender who tries to win early, which is why he is always among the league leaders in tackles for loss and stuffs."
When it comes to Watt, my biggest concern is whether or not he can still do the things listed above the way he did before his surgeries.
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Watt is a big strong guy that can manhandle opposing players. But if his back acts up or if he’s lost any of his mobility and/or strength, he may not be as productive as he’s been in the past.
After missing last season, I can’t agree that Watt is the best edge defender in the NFL. He will need to once again prove it.
The NFL is a year to year league where teams and players must always prove themselves.
Leave a comment below and tell us whether you think Watt is still the best edge defender in the NFL.