Alex Smith talks J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson
Alex Smith had plenty of good things to say about J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson ahead of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith spoke with reporters on Tuesday and was asked about Houston Texans’ stars J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson.
When it comes to Watt, Smith stated that he still believes Watt is one of the most disruptive defenders in the NFL despite the fact that he hasn’t recorded a sack during the first four weeks of the season.
"“Just disruptive, extremely disruptive,” Smith said. “I know the numbers might not be there stat-wise as far as sacks and things like that, but the plays still show up on film. He’s tough to block, almost impossible at times. He’s a guy that can wreck a game if given the opportunity.”"
I know stats don’t always tell the story and they’re ultimately not everything when it comes to football, but something like a sack makes a big difference.
While Watt looks pretty good week in and week out, I feel like he’s still knocking the rust off after missing the final 13 games of the 2016 NFL season.
Smith also talked about Watson and his impressive start to the season.
"“I certainly followed him a bunch in his college career, and obviously that kind of speaks for itself,” Smith said. “The little bit I’ve seen, just kind of highlights and things, I mean, just from afar, to be a rookie and playing in that kind of situation – I remember my rookie year and how tough it was.“So, to be able to handle all the little things that go into playing as a rookie, certainly hats off to him that he’s been able to do that and playing at such a high level for a young kid.”"
It seems like most rookie quarterbacks in the NFL are able to make an impact right away, which is remarkable with this day and age due to how complicated offenses and defenses have become throughout the league.
The ability of a rookie being able to help a team right away has a lot to do with their maturity as well as how the coaches help them transition from college to the pros.
Comment below and give us your thoughts as to why Watt hasn’t been putting up the stats that he did early on during his career. Do you think he’s just rusty, or not the same player?