Watt is active
J.J. Watt was made active on Thursday as he was previously on the PUP list going into training camp this week. Watt — who returned to top form last season with 16.5 sacks — was able to practice with his teammates for day one of training camp, which is great for the entire defensive unit.
According to ABC13.com in Houston, they quoted Watt as being “surprised” that he was able to be on the field for the first day of training camp as he passed his team physical. Watt said the following about being able to practice:
"“Yeah, it surprised me a little bit too,” said Watt, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in January. “I feel great. I had a really good off-season working with the guys. Just really happy to be out here.”"
Seeing that Watt is healthy and ready to go is something the Texans can hang their hat on and be excited for as they prepare for the upcoming season. Houston needs Watt more than ever right now on the defense because he’s not only a captain for the unit, but without Jadeveon Clowney on the field, the Texans need at least one big-time veteran to be on the practice field.
Watt is primed to have another successful season if he can stay away from big injuries, and if that occurs, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for the Texans’ defensive end to reach the 20-sack number for a season once again in his career.