Per Michael Signora, the NFLâs Vice President of Football Communications, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the week for his stifling performance against quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville Jaguars in week two.
As is becoming more and more commonplace, Justin James Watt dominated the line of scrimmage from start to finish. This is unconfirmed, but I hear he actually made Jacksonville right tackle Guy Whimper live up to his name and, you know, whimper. What I can confirm is Wattâs impressive stat line. He had a team-high five tackles, two tackles for a loss, one-and-a-half sacks, three quarterbacks hits, two passes defensed, and recovered a fumble in Jacksonville.
I am sure Watt would give credit to his coaches, teammates, and remark that winning a championship is his only goal. Personally, I am happy to see him get recognized for his play. If you follow him on Twitter or read any interviews, you know Watt is a hard-working, big-dreaming, humble son-of-a-gun. It is that work ethic that gets me, and Diehard Chris, excited because he still is only scratching the surface of his immense talent.
For those who love odd facts, no Texans defensive player has received the weekly honor since Glover Quin in week 12 of the 2010 season. Yes, a Frank Bush-coordinated player won something. You may remember that as Quin's three interception day versus Rusty Smith and the Tennessee Tians. No defensive lineman has taken the honor home for Houston since 2007. Naturally, that would be Mario Williams and his three-and-a-half sack performance against the Denver Broncos, who are coincidentally this week's opponent for Watt and the Texans.
Congratulations to J.J.Watt on what we hope is the first of many weekly, and yearly, awards for him in Houston.