J.J. Watt is PFF’s highest graded defensive lineman from week 3


J.J. Watt was dominant in week three even though the Houston Texans ended up losing to the New England Patriots.

One of the biggest concerns heading into this season was how well Houston Texans’ star defensive lineman J.J. Watt would play after missing most of last season due to a back injury.

So far, Watt hasn’t disappointed. He had a pretty good game against the New England Patriots in week three as he recorded five tackles, and two quarterback hits on Tom Brady.

Even though Watt didn’t record a sack or force a turnover, he was Pro Football Focus’ highest graded defensive lineman for week three.

Watt only has 13 tackles and zero sacks or forced fumble through three games. Even though his stats don’t jump off the page, his presence alone can free up both Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.

The Texans’ front seven it still arguably the best in the NFL, which means that Clowney and Mercilus could end up helping Watt as well by drawing attention away from him.

I think we’ve been spoiled in the past with the big plays that Watt has made early on during each season that he’s been in the NFL. He’s been flying a little under the radar in 2017., but the season is still young.

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