Houston Texans: All-time leaders in sacks
By Joel Wagler
Houston Texans all-time leaders in sacks – No. 1: J.J. Watt
Was there any doubt J.J. Watt would top this list? Yet another first-round pick on this list, Watt blossomed after a decent rookie season in 2011 into the greatest defensive player in franchise history.
From 2012 through 2015, Watt had 69 sacks, including two seasons with 20.5. He led the league twice in that category. He also had 129 hits on the quarterback, leading the league three times.
His last four years have been riddled with injuries. He has played in only 32 games, 16 of which came in 2018, and he proved once again that when healthy, no one is better as he put up 16 sacks and 25 QB hits that year.
Since his rookie season, Watt has been an All-Pro in all five of his healthy seasons. He is one of the most disruptive forces in the game when he is on the field. Every opponent’s gameplan has involved some way to try to keep Watt off the quarterback. Few plans work.
Watt, at 31, maybe has two or three seasons left where he can be a significant impact. He has to avoid injuries, which is always hard to do in the NFL. If he can put up some good numbers for a few more seasons, he will be a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, if he isn’t already.
J.J. Watt is going to top the list of the Houston Texans all-time leaders in sacks for a long, long time. And he’s not done yet. It will be interesting to see where he sets the mark by the time his career is over.