Bill O’Brien on J.J. Watt: “I think he’ll be better than he was”

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Will J.J. Watt continue to be a dominant player for the Houston Texans despite undergoing back surgery?

Peter King of attended last week’s scrimmage between the Houston Texans New England Patriots at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

King pointed out that Watt looks like as dominant and powerful as he was before suffering a back injury that forced him to miss most of last season.

What’s really interesting is that Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien told King that he believes Watt is better than he was before his injury.

"“I can tell you right now the guy’s going to be at the top of his game,” Bill O’Brien told me. “He’s had a great training camp. I think he’ll be better than he was.”"

Hopefully O’Brien is right.

I honestly can’t imagine that Watt won’t be the force he was prior to last season, but I do have one big concern.

For one thing, back injuries are not a joke. Just ask former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo who’s career pretty much ended because of one.

The question when it comes to Watt is, can he stay healthy for an entire season?

Sometimes we get the impression that football players are invincible. But they’re not. Their bodies break down and things only get more difficult as they get older.

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Watt is already 28 years-old, which is not bad. But as NFL players approach the age of 30, they typically have a hard time staying healthy and slow down on the field because of all of the lingering ailments that they’re constantly dealing with.

Despite looking good in two preseason games, the real test for Watt will be whether or not he’ll be able to play in an entire 16 game NFL season.