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Height/Weight: 6-5/289 | Birthdate: 3/22/1989 | Birthplace: Waukesha, WI, USA | Team: Houston | College: Wisconsin | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/98
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Texans DT Vince Wilfork, DE J.J. Watt excited to work together


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) After being signed by the Texans this offseason, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is excited to be a part of a defensive line that includes J.J. Watt, reports ESPN. Watt told Wilfork that he is excited, as well.

"Yeah, we talked since I signed," Wilfork said in an interview. "He’s probably more excited than I am. But little does he know, I’m very excited to come down here."

Although the Texans will rely on Wilfork to be one of the leaders on the defense, he isn't going to try to change anything about Watt.

"My goal is to let J.J. be J.J.," Wilfork said. "I’m pretty sure the coaching staff is going to feel the same way, when you have a guy that dynamic. You can’t ask him to change anything. He’s been a beast, and hopefully he’ll continue to be that beast and I’m looking forward to it."

Over his 11-year career, the 33-year-old has compiled 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.


Report: Texans DE J.J. Watt restructures contract


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Defensive end J.J. Watt is doing his part to free up some cap space for the Texans. 

According to a report from ESPN, Watt has restructured his deal, which will create $8 million in salary cap room for the upcoming season. His $10 million roster bonus has been converted to a signing bonus. 

His cap figure will now drop from over $21.969 million to roughly $13.969 million. 

Watt was a terror for opposing quarterbacks a year ago as he recorded 20.5 sacks. 


Packers' Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP at NFL Honors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.

Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.

AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals

Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs

Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys

Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch

Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School

In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.


Texans' J.J. Watt only player to reach two 20-plus sack seasons


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took down Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Jaguars in Week 17. With that sack Watt became the only player in NFL history with two seasons of 20-plus sacks. Watt led the team with six total tackles, including three sacks and four tackles for loss.  

He finishes the season with 20 1/2 sacks, one interception, two defensive touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.


Texans DE J.J. Watt racks up two sacks vs. Colts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt six tackles, two sacks and one pass defensed in his team's 17-10 loss to the Colts in Week 15.

The Texans have played each of the other teams in their division over the last three weeks, and Watt has posted multiple sacks in each of those games and seven sacks in all during that stretch. His sack total is up to 16.5 on the season with matchups against the Ravens (Week 16) and Jaguars (Week 17) remaining on the schedule. He had three sacks against the Jaguars in Week 14, so a 20-sack season is certainly in play.


Texans get myriad contributions Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/30/2014) The Texans got a bunch of offensive contributions in their Week 13 blowout of Tennessee. Wideout Keshawn Martin made a 32-yard catch, tight end Ryan Griffin caught a wide-open swing pass for an 8-yard touchdown and defensive end J.J. Watt hauled in a 1-yard touchdown -- his fifth score this season.

Running back Jonathan Grimes gained 13 yards on five carries, and running back Alfred Blue added 6 yards on seven carries.

They'll all visit the Jaguars in Week 14.


J.J. Watt sets franchise record for fumble recoveries


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/21/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recovered Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's fumble in the first quarter Monday, giving him a franchise-record nine fumble recoveries in his four-year career. DeMeco Ryans recovered eight fumbles for Houston from 2006-11.

It was Watt's third fumble recovery this year, and he also recorded his fifth sack. Watt has 29 tackles entering Week 8 at Tennessee.


Injured Texans cleared for action


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/20/2014) Several Texans who were on the injury report are active for Monday's game at Pittsburgh.

The list includes defensive end J.J. Watt (thigh), guard Brandon Brooks (illness), linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hand), defensive end Tim Jamison (groin), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (knee), offensive tackle Derek Newton (elbow), linebacker Brooks Reed (groin), linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (knee). All were listed as probable.

Also suiting up is linebacker Mike Mohamed, who was questionable with a thigh injury.

Jadeveon Clowney questionable on Texans Week 7 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is listed as questionable to play in Monday's Week 7 battle with the Steelers after limited in practice for a second straight day Saturday.

Clowney hasn't played since Week 1 while recovering from knee surgery. Linebacker Mike Mohamed (calf) is also questionable to play afer being limited all week. Cornerback Darryl Morris (anke) has been ruled out.

The Texans have a whopping 12 players listed as probable to play Monday, including running back Arian Foster (groin), wide receivers Andre Johnson (ankle) and DeAndre Hopkins (hand), guard Brandon Brooks (illness), center Chris Myers (not injury related), offensive tackle Derek Newton (elbow), defensive ends J.J. Watt (thigh) and Tim Jamison (groin), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (knee) and linebackers Brian Cushing (knee), Brooks Reed (groin) and Jeff Tarpinian (knee).


Texans' J.J. Watt continues to terrorize Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt continued to terrorize offenses Week 6. 

Watt found a way to make a huge impact during the game. He had seven tackles, including three that went for a loss. He also defensed three passes, and was credited with four quarterback hits. His biggest play came on a fumble recovery. Watt shot through the Texans offensive line to recover the fumble, then picked up it and rumbled 45 yards for the score. It was Watt's third touchdown of the season. 

Watt will take on the Steelers Week 7. 


Every Texans probable good to go Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game. 


Texans place 18 probables on Wednesday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) All but one of 18 players listed by the Texans as probable for their Thursday night game against Indianapolis was a full participant at Wednesday practice. The exception is cornerback Johnathan Joseph (knee), who was limited.

The other defensive probables are cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), safeties Eddie Pleasant (ankle) and D.J. Swearinger (elbow), linebackers Jeff Tarpinian (thigh), Brian Cushing (knee) and Akeem Dent (shoulder), and defensive linemen Tim Jamison (groin), Ryan Pickett (knee) and J.J. Watt (thigh).

The offensive probables are running back Alfred Blue (knee), linemen Derek Newton (ankle), Brandon Brooks (ankle) and Ben Jones (knee), quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (calf) and wide receiver Damaris Johnson (foot). Punter Shane Lechler (hip) is also probable.


Texans DE J.J. Watt probable heading into Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is probable entering Week 5.

Watt is dealing with a thigh injury. He was limited in practice Friday, but it seems as if he'll give it a go Sunday. 


Texans DE J.J. Watt likely OK for Week 5 despite missed session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) A thigh problem sidelined Texans stud defensive end J.J. Watt for the second straight practice Thursday.

The injury, however, is not serious, per the Houston Chronicle, which is claiming that Watt should be fine for the game Sunday in Dallas.

Watt has contributed to 12 tackles and has a sack and 80-yard pick six in the last two games alone.


Texans veterans do not practice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) A number of Texans veterans did not practice Wednesday.

Arian Foster was held out due to a hamstring issue. He was limited Week 4 due to the injury. Receiver Andre Johnson also missed practice due to an ankle injury.

On the defensive side, both J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing were unable to go. Watt was listed with a thigh injury, while Cushing is dealing with a knee issue. 


J.J. Watt returns interception 80 yards for TD in Week 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recorded five total tackes and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in his team's 23-17 win over the Bills in Week 5.

With the Bills in the red zone, Watt swatted a pass attempt into the air, caught the ball at his own 20-yard line and rumbled into the end zone, getting a block on quarterback EJ Manuel to spring him for the easy touchdown. It was his second score of the season after catching a touchdown pass in Week 2. He has two sacks and a blocked kick as well through four games. Watt and the Texans defense will head to Dallas for a Week 5 matchup with the Cowboys.


Texans struggle to stop the run during Week 3 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Texans defense had its worst performance of the season during a 30-17 loss Week 3 at N.Y. Giants. Not only did the Giants total three touchdowns and three field goals, but they finished with 419 yards, which included 176 rushing yards from Rashad Jennings.

The Texans did force a fumble down inside the 5-yard line as the Giants were driving for a score in the first half. They also got a sack from J.J. Watt, while linebacker Brian Cushing finished with a team-high 17 tackles (eight solo). Safety Kendrick Lewis had a team-high 11 solo tackles and finished with 12 total tackles and one forced fumble.

The Texans will look to rebound Week 4 vs. Buffalo.


Texans have 11 injured players ruled active for Week 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The following injured Texans have been ruled active for Week 2 at Oakland: A.J. Bouye (shoulder), Brian Cushing (ankle), Arian Foster (ribs), Garrett Graham (back), Tim Jamison (groin), Andre Johnson (ankle), Johnathan Joseph (foot), Elbert Mack (foot), Mike Mohamed (quadriceps), Jay Prosch (hand) and J.J. Watt (ankle, illness).

Texans list 10 as probable Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Texans have listed 10 players as probable Week 2 against the Raiders.

Tight end Garrett Graham WR Andre Johnson, CB Johnathan Joseph, CB A.J. Bouye, OL Tyson Clabo, LB Brian Cushing, RB Arian Foster, DE Tim Jamison, CB Elbert Mack, LB Mike Mohamed, OL Chris Myers, OL Derek Newton, FB Jay Prosch, OL Xaier Su'a-Filo, DE J.J. Watt and DT Louis Nix II are all probable heading into the game.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was the only player ruled out for Week 2. 


J.J. Watt gets six-year, $100 million extension


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/2/2014) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt agreed to a six-year, $100 million extension, including nearly $52 million guaranteed. The deal makes Watt the NFL's highest-paid defensive player.

Watt has 36.5 sacks in three seasons.


J.J. Watt locked up through 2015


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Texans have exercised their option to keep defensive end J.J. Watt on the roster through the 2015 season. The Houston Chronicle believes that Watt won't even play under the terms of that fifth year (roughly $10.6 million guaranteed) because the Texans will agree to a long-term extension with him before then. 

J.J. Watt earns first-team status on All-Pro team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) First-teamer J.J. Watt is the lone Texans player on the All-Pro team released by the Associated Press.

NFL reveals defensive selections for Pro Bowl


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL unveiled the roster for the 2014 Pro Bowl Friday, the first in league history with selections determined with regard to conerence. The defensive Pro Bowl selections, as chosen by fan vote as well as coaches and players, are broken down by position as follows, with the teams to be selected Jan. 22 via televised draft.

Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner,Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.
Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.


J.J. Watt to give it all he's got


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is active for Week 16 against the Broncos even though he was bothered by a hand injury in practice leading up to the game. He was listed as probable on Friday's injury report.

Texans list many defenders among Sunday probables


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Texans boast a boatload of defensive players on their Friday injury report, but nearly all of them are probable for the Week 16 game against Denver.

The probables are defensive backs D.J. Swearinger (foot), Josh Victorian (back) and Johnathan Joseph (groin), linebackers Justin Tuggle (elbow) and Joe Mays (knee) and linemen Antonio Smith (knee) and J.J. Watt (hand).