The defensive end of Houston Texans J.J.Watt Last year, J.J. Watt played all 16 games in season, marking the first time since 2015 that feat has been accomplished.
Season-ending injuries played a major role in the missed time during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns, a two-year period where J.J. Watt played just eight games before returning with a vengeance in 2018 with a total of 16 bags.
The great news for the Texans is that J.J. Watt is once again a dominant nutritious player. The sad news for opponents is that J.J. Watt, who enters his ninth season, does not plan to go anywhere in the near future.
“I don’t want to quit the game anytime soon,” J.J. Watt said, via ESPN’s Sarah Barnshop. “I love it. Hopefully we can say I had two fewer years of pounding on my body, I had two fewer years of wear and tear, because that means two more years on the back end.
“I’m excited about the season ahead. I’m excited about the team we’ve got and the guys we’ve got. I love it. I’m not going to trade it for anything in the world. I’m going around and chasing a ball for a living and they’re paying me to do it. I can’t be any luckier.”
The 16 2018 bags marked the fifth time in Watt’s accomplished career that he totaled double-digit bags in a single season, and each time he was an All-Pro selection to go along with three times being named the Year’s Defensive Player.
With past leg and back injuries, J.J. Watt is no longer required to spend time in a rehabilitation room and can fully focus on what he does best as one of the defensive elite stars of the NFL.
“In the training room, I can spend much less time,” J.J. Watt said. “I’m just working on my craft, working in the weight room, and I’m not going to have to worry as much, I’d say.Hoping to be able to play and hope that you will be able to play at a decent level, while this year you will be able to focus on improving and improving and not trying to come back from traumatic injury.