J.J. Watt

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    November 18, 2014

    Texans-Browns: Individual Player Ratings, Offensive Line Dominates

    While I wouldn't call myself a true sports "analytic," I do dork out over statistics. Always have. Back in the day, for true stat geeks, numbers were like nudity. There was no internet, so you had to work to find statistical information, and the team-by-team numbers in the weekly issues of The Sport ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    New QB, No Arian Foster? No Problem as Texans Beat Browns in Cleveland

    There was a moment in the fourth quarter Sunday when Brian Cushing laid his second bone-crushing hit of the day on Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer that it appeared the "Battle of Tom Brady's Backups" would become the debut of Johnny Football. To Hoyer's credit, he hung in there, but it did no good as ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Texans, Foster Roll Titans in Tennessee to Get Back to .500

    Going into Tennessee on Sunday, the Texans were teetering on the brink of another disastrous season. After three straight losses, they were facing a division rival on the road. Another loss and they go to 3-5 including 0-2 inside the division. Win and they go to 4-4 keeping their season and hopes fo ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Colts 33, Texans 28: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Well, that was a pretty freaking painful four days, huh? If you're trying to construct the most painful way to chase an overtime loss to your hated in-state rival, the Texans did a pretty good job of it on Thursday night, falling behind the Indianapolis Colts 24-0 in the first quarter, riding the g ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Three Years Later, Did The Texans Win Or Lose The 2011 NFL Draft?

    The Shiloh Keo Era ended earlier this week. I think most of us could see that coming, what with Keo only being healthy for like one day this entire 2014 preseason and regular season. (To be fair, it was a very productive day, as he had 11 tackles in the final preseason game to temporarily save his s ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Texans 23, Bills 17: Four Winners, Four Losers

    The way the Texans' 2014 schedule lays out, given the caliber of opponent they've played, the first quarter of the season looked a lot like the same portion of many college teams' schedules -- a few non-divisional opponents, one of them (as it turns out) that's pretty good, the remainder being lower ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Texans 30, Raiders 14: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    After a methodical 30-14 choking out of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon, the Texans moved to 2-0 on the season, Bill O'Brien becoming the first of the Texans' three head coaches in their short history to win his first two games. The Texans have been here, at 2-0, before, though. More precis ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    The 10 Best Texans-Raiders Rapper Tweets

    The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action. And, as in years past, Rocks Off read their tweets more thoroughly and efficien ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Texans 17, Redskins 6: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    357 days. That's how long it's been since the Houston Texans last won a regular season NFL game. The last time the hometown team walked off the field victorious, Matt Schaub was the quarterback, Gary Kubiak was the head coach, and Vanilla Ice was rocking the house at halftime. Sunday, it was Rya ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Breaking Down The Numbers Of J.J. Watt's New Deal

    "Part of the negotiation piece is to ensure that we structure the deal in such a way that we protect ourselves as best we can with respect to (cap)." -- Rick Smith on J.J. Watt's contract extension With the Texans having spent the better part of the last four years pushed right up against the salar ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    J.J. Watt Becomes Highest Paid Defensive Player In NFL History

    Man, you got to feel for the Houston Astros. In a metropolitan area where only 40 percent of the city has the television capability to watch their games, and only a minuscule fraction of those people are choosing to do so, the only headline grabbing maneuver they had left (short of one of their pla ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Texans-Broncos: Five Roster Battles To Watch

    Going out to Texans practice during the preseason is one of the more enjoyable parts of my job. Typically, it's well attended by fellow media members, so it serves in part as a decent social outing each late July and early/mid August morning. In fact, the first day of Texans' training camp is the c ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    J.J. Watt Finally Speaks About A New Contract

    "You've got guys in the Hall of Fame that have been franchised in back-to-back years. The franchise tag is worth something to the team, and you can't be afraid to use it." -- Bob McNair, 8/8/14 Intentional or unintentional on the part of Bob McNair, if you're looking for a salvo that may have led t ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Patrick Peterson Signs $70M Extension, J.J. Watt Watch Begins

    On the surface, it's odd that a contract extension inked by a cornerback on the Arizona Cardinals should worry Houston Texan fans about their all-universe defensive end. But this isn't just any cornerback, and he wasn't just drafted in any year. The cornerback is 2011 first round pick Patrick Pet ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Texans Exercise J.J. Watt's Fifth Year Option On His Rookie Contract

    When the NFL players and owners agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement prior to the 2011 season, one of the most crucial elements was the implementation of a rookie wage scale. The key benefit at the time seemed pretty simple -- the scale would stop the marquee, high draft choice rookies f ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    J.J. Watt Flips 1000 Pound Tires as His Cool Down

    No, I'm serious. This isn't one of those Chuck Norris deals. I'm not going to make a much of wisecracks about how Superman wears J.J. Watt pajamas or how the Boogeyman looks under his bed for J.J. Watt or how the dark is afraid of J.J. Watt. All true statements probably, but that's not my intent. ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Mr. Perfect 2014: J.J. Watt's Ice Hockey Instagram

    Back in the late 80's, WWE (then known by its old acronym of the WWF, but for purposes of the here and now, we will call it "WWE") was introducing a repackaged (and significantly more steroid fueled) Curt Hennig to its viewing audience. When last the WWE faithful had seen Curt Hennig, we was a scra ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Ticket Sales For J.J. Watt's Charity Softball Game Crashes Skeeters' Server

    In three short seasons, J.J. Watt has captured the city of Houston like few athletes before him. Two Pro Bowls, a few dozen sacks, and millions of dollars generated for charities have fortified his position. The Texans' 2-14 season certainly had a detrimental effect on the popularity (and employmen ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    One Day Into 2014, The Internet Gives Us Coolest And Lamest Houston Texan Pictures

    For a 2-14 team, the Texans should be plenty newsworthy over the next few months. They have a head coaching search that should officially conclude with an announcement on Thursday that Bill O'Brien is coming to Houston, and they have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which should ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK: The Interim Wade Phillips Era Begins!

    After a ten day hiatus where the Texans managed to fulfill their weekly drama quota by firing their head coach, it's back to the gridiron on Sunday as the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, where the team still seeks its first win in franchise history at that venue. I don't know if I ca ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Best of HoustonĀ® 2013: Rest of the Best - Houston Texans Edition

    A lot can change in just over two weeks. Two weeks ago, Matt Schaub was the Texans "best" quarterback. Two weeks ago, Brian Cushing's knee wasn't mangled from a vicious hit. Two weeks ago, Danieal Manning wasn't out with a mysterious "leg" injury. Even Owen Daniels was still playing, though he shoul ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 7: Texans vs Chiefs, A New Quarterback Frontier

    The time for talking is over. I mean, I would still like to talk about the Texans. In fact, I'm paid to talk about the Texans, so if words could still be part of the Texans' experience at this point, I'd like to keep talking. (I have bills to pay.) But apparently, talk is cheap, words do nothing, ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Best Of Houston 2013: J.J. Watt made Houstonians love him, whether they wanted to or not

    The NFL Draft is a time of hope for every team, and in April 2011, Houston Texans fans were in dire need of some hope. Coming off a 2010 season where their team's defense was historically awful, fans wanted something big on draft night. So the Texans were on the clock. Fans chewed their nails nervo ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 5: I Left My Liver In San Francisco

    Sunday night, the Texans take on the San Francisco 49ers, and I think of all the possible BATTLE-DRINK challenges, Sunday night games pose the most daunting one. Think about it, Thursday night games are all right because there's only one per year, and who's really focused on Friday at work anyway. ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Texans-Saints: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (Governor Christie's Pants Edition)

    They say the third preseason game is the one that's supposed to most closely resemble a regular season game. With most of the starters (the available ones, at least) playing a full half, the game against the Saints Sunday was supposed to give Texan fans a decent glimpse at what's in store for 2013. ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Another Day, Another Houston Athlete Commercial (w/ J.J. Watt VIDEO!)

    On my radio show a couple months ago, I posed the question to my co-host John Granato "What if there were a list of '25 under 25' for sports?" Granato, as he does most of the time, wondered what in the hell I was talking about, so I explained it. You know how they have those lists in business jour ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    J.J. Watt On Offense? You've All Been Catfished

    Exactly nine days ago, after the reemergence of his black elbow brace at a Sunday morning practice caused a momentary collective heart attack among Houstonians, I wrote that J.J. Watt has the capability, if he so chooses, to troll the entire city of Houston. With a tweet, with a few words, with a ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Breathe, Houston! J.J. Watt's Elbow Is Fine, Despite The Return Of The Black Menace Brace

    I'm not sure if you knew this, stop me if you've heard, but J.J. Watt is kind of a big deal around here. Yeah, I know the multiple magazine covers and the Yahoo! fantasy football television commercial were probably a dead giveaway. If you've been out to a Texans' open practice, and watched J.J. co ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Ten Questions to Answer at the Start of Houston Texans Training Camp

    It's deep in July and it doesn't feel like anyone should be talking about football, but thank the sports gods, training camp opens today for the Houston Texans down at Reliant Stadium. The real action begins Friday with the first workouts, but just seeing players and coaches getting back into the sw ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Yes, Even The ESPYs Has Wagering Odds, And Here They Are!

    Nobody does "self-congratulatory disguised as congratulating others" better than the ESPN, and if that's the soap box that I have climbed atop today, then you know it must be time for the ESPYs! For years, the Wednesday after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was known for one thing: it was t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The 4 Top Things Not To Do Before You Walk For Graduation

    The four years (or maybe more) of being inside an institution that has probably cost you sleep and forced you to mutilate your liver with alcohol is finally coming to end. You're going to be graduating! (cue the Vitamin C song) Everyone is going to be there! It's going to be the day that your pare ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Yao Meets J.J.: Who Could Block More Passes?

    Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt posted this picture to his Twitter account a while ago. He added: "Great lunch with @YaoMing today. Have a feeling he could knock down a pass or two..." (It should be noted that @YaoMing -- "I am the real Yao Ming," it says on the account -- didn't bother to post ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    J.J. Watt Wedding Cake? Yes, J.J. Watt Wedding Cake!!

    I fully realize that putting the words "J.J. Watt Wedding Cake!" in the headline of this post probably sent every female reader between the ages of 18 and 95 within 100 miles of Reliant Stadium into a panic attack. "Wait??? WHA'??? J.J. Watt got MARRIED?!? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!" No, no, no, fear not hor ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Five-Tool Player: Why JJ Watt Has the Skills to Be a Legitimate Superstar

    In any competitive field, having aptitude for your work will help you get by. Throw in a handful of other characteristics, and you could be valued by your organization and excel at your career. But, to be one of the true greats in anything, it requires quite a bit more. In sports, I've always believ ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    J.J. Watt Gets a "Pretend Wife," Makes 6-Year-Old Girl's Day

    J.J. Watt's publicity-heavy trip to the Super Bowl has notched up another episode. First, Axe flew him to New York to get a faux-hawk, because nothing says "Axe" like a faux-hawk. Then he got on Deadspin with the touching story of a six-year-old girl who was all upset because she could not marry h ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Five Reasons Why the Texans Will Beat the Patriots

    Buck up there, Texans fans. I know all week all you've heard is how the Patriots are going to slaughter the Texans just like they did a few short weeks ago. And, yes, instead of facing the Patriots at Reliant Stadium after having had to go through the Broncos in Denver, is a pretty shitty deal. But, ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Texans-Vikings: New BATTLE-DRINK Bingo Drinking Game Card, Egg Nog Edition

    Well, this week's game card should be the final Battle-Drink Bingo card of the 2012 season. Assuming the Texans win this Sunday against the Vikings, that means the final game against the Colts would hold no meaning (possibly for either team), so cobbling together a Battle-Drink centered around the e ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    [PHOTO] JJ Watt Tweets Photo with Actual S.W.A.T. Team

    JJ Watt is batting down balls on the football field at a record pace for a defensive lineman earning him the obvious nickname JJ "Swatt." Yesterday, he tweeted out a photo of himself in full riot gear with members of the Houston Police Department S.W.A.T. team near downtown with the tweet, "Houston, ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Texans 29, Colts 17: Back-to-Basics Approach Nets AFC South Title, Renews Playoff Hopes

    It seems evident that Matt Schaub isn't going to win a shootout with the likes of Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps not with Andrew Luck. But if the team's other components execute the way they're designed to, he shouldn't have to. On Sunday, the Texans (12-2) finally returned to their core princ ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    The Houston Texans 2012 All Character(s) Team

    Having a good team requires a mix of straight arrows -- guys like Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, who appear nearly asleep when they aren't slicing and dicing opponents like cold cuts -- and goofballs who keep things light in what can often be a very intense work environment. Throughout the years, Ho ... More >>

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    September 9, 2012

    J.J. Watt, The Texans' Pass-Smothering Monster

    The Texans finally opened the 2012 season, after what has seemed like months of speculation about relatively minor roster spots. They won, easily enough, but some things to keep in mind: -- They were playing Miami. -- They were playing a Miami team that featured a rookie quarterback who didn't re ... More >>

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    September 9, 2012

    J.J. Watt: Five Obstacles That Are As Difficult to Get Around As His Pass-Blocking Paw

    The Texans got a season-opening win, thanks largely to defensive lineman J.J. Watt's continuing proclivity to blocking passes and turning them into points. Maybe someday the NFL will learn not to throw the ball in Watt's direction, but until then he's proving to be a difficult obstacle for opposing ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Go Texans: Andre Johnson & J.J. Watt Are Rodeo Parade Grand Marshals

    Houston has a "Go Texan" day every year before the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Parade, but this year it should feature an extra "s" -- two Texans will be Grand Marshals for the downtown event. Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt will be there, the HLSR announced today. "There is no better way to celebr ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Deontay Greenberry: A Texans-Related Grain Of Salt For College Football National Signing Day

    There was a time not too long ago when the last-minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry from my alma mater Notre Dame to the University of Houston would have sent me into a mental funk that would have taken me a week from which to recover. After all, Greenberry is a dynamic "four star ... More >>

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    January 7, 2012

    JJ Watt & Pacman Jones Lead Texans To First Playoff Victory Ever

    JJ Watt's hands: Worth a number-one draft pick​A packed, loud and raucous Reliant Stadium crowd saw the highlight of rookie JJ Watt's life as the defensive lineman's incredible pick-six led the Texans to a 31-10 playoff win. Equally helping Houston's cause was Benglas corner Pacman Jones, who ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Houston Texans 2011 Draft Summary, Including Best Porn Name

    Brandon Harris is no Cam Newtown​The Texans 2011 draft is over, and it had a decided Wade Phillips-ian flavor to it. Not that I'm complaining. With poor to mediocre drafts every year since the 2006 haul that produced five contributors (including three Pro Bowlers) for the current roster, some ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Texans Draft 2011 -- Defensive End Is The New Tight End

    Every rose has its thorn, such as Rick Smith​Last night, John Granato, Lance Zierlein and I were doing our annual NFL Draft show from Wild Wing Cafe in Katy. Like most seasons, we didn't have to wait very long for the Texans to make their pick. (Actually to be fair, the last few seasons, we've ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

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