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JJ Watt is nasty at hockey (Video)

JJ-Watt-hockeyHouston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is a massive human being. He is 6-foot-5 and weighs just south of 300 pounds. You wouldn’t know that by putting a hockey stick in his hands.

Watt posted a video on Twitter Tuesday afternoon of him showing off his hockey skills in case Patrick Kane and Team USA decide they need any help at the Winter Olympics.

“Justin in case @PKane88 calls from Sochi,” Watt wrote.

Does a 289-pound guy really need to be that good at hockey to be effective on the ice? As long as he can skate, who’s going to step in the way of him? I say we send him to Russia.

JJ Watt: This season sucked, it won’t happen again

JJ Watt

J.J. Watt has a message for Houston Texans fans … and the rest of the NFL:

I sure would hope that the Texans don’t let that happen again. You can’t to much worse than losing 14 games in a row to end a season. But it’s good to know how strongly Watt feels about things.

The good news for Houston is that they’ll have the top pick in the draft and the chance to select a good quarterback to take the spot of Matt Schaub/Case Keenum. Johnny Manziel, anyone?

JJ Watt salutes Bum Phillips after sack with tip of cap

JJ Watt Bum Phillips

JJ Watt gave a special salute to the late Bum Phillips after getting a sack against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Watt brought down Alex Smith on first down and batted down a pass on the drive. After the sack, Watt did a “tip of the cap” gesture as a tribute to Phillips.

The CBS announcers explained that Watt told them in a pre-game meeting that he would be “tipping my cowboy hat” to Phillips if he got a sack.

Phillips died on Friday at the age of 90. The former Houston Oilers coach famously wore a cowboy hat on the sidelines when he coached, except for indoor games in domes because his mother told him it was impolite to wear a hat indoors. Bum’s son, Wade, is the defensive coordinator for the Texans.

JJ Watt with blood streaming down his face

JJ Watt blood

Could anything make JJ Watt look more hard? Watt came off the field toward the end of the third quarter of Houston’s game against Seattle with blood streaming down his face and into his mouth. A cut on the bridge of his nose was responsible for the bloody scene. It was reported after the game that Watt required six stitches to close the cut.

When asked after the game about the cut on his nose, Watt gave a badass answer.

“I hit people for a living.”

Were you actually expecting him to explain how it happened?

Below is another look at his face all bloody:

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Titans center Rob Turner rips JJ Watt for calling him a dirty player

JJ-Watt-Delivered-PizzasTennessee Titans center Rob Turner was flagged for a peel-back block on JJ Watt during his team’s overtime loss to the Houston Texans last weekend. He was also fined for the play, which has been deemed illegal this year thanks to a rule change. Although it’s a brand new rule, Watt called the play “absolutely” dirty after the game. Turner took exception to that.

“I’ve been taught to cut on screen (plays) ever since I was a kid,” Turner said, via Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean. “It was a rule change this year and it was something I didn’t think about, I just reacted.

“I am a hard-nosed guy and that gets misconstrued sometimes. I know J.J. was saying all sorts of stuff to the media down there about him (telling me he has) a family to feed and stuff like that, but all that wasn’t true and he’s full of it for saying it. That was a lie about him talking to me.”

Watt told reporters he doesn’t want to have his knee blown out and that the so-called cheap shot was “clearly blatant.” Turner said he tried to apologize on the field but that Watt wouldn’t give him the time of day.

“Whether you call it an apology or whether you call it a professional courtesy, I was trying to say, ‘Hey I wasn’t going after you like that, and you can see that on film,’” Turner explained. “And it bothered me he made a big stink about it. For the record, he wouldn’t even look at me, and I don’t have a problem if you put that in print. In fact, I’d encourage you to put that in print and he’s full of it by saying that.”

Bad blood brewing? Before the Titans and Texans faced off, Tennessee offensive lineman Chance Warmack said Watt was “just another guy” and that he wasn’t going to give him more credit than he deserves. As a collective unit, it seems like the Titans O-line is not a fan of the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

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JJ Watt wants to play offense for Texans

JJ-Watt-Delivered-PizzasHouston Texans star JJ Watt had a breakout season last year and emerged as the best defensive player in the NFL. He racked up a whopping 20.5 sacks in his sophomore NFL season and forced four fumbles. Watt’s value to the Texans is obviously as a game-changer on defense, but he wants more. The 24-year-old wants to contribute on the other side of the ball as well.

Watt, who lined up on offense at the Pro Bowl and had an incomplete pass thrown his way by Peyton Manning, said on Tuesday that he has been trying to convince head coach Gary Kubiak to let him play offense.

“It’s just about being an athlete,” Watt said, via SI.com’s Audibles. “I have fun, catching balls is fun, just doing whatever you can to be an athlete, working on hand-eye coordination, and the little things. It never hurts to be able to catch a football.

“I’ve been lobbying since Day 1. It hasn’t worked yet, so I don’t think it’s going to work anytime soon, but it’s his team … We always joke about it. It’s never anything really serious. Who knows? Maybe one day.”

Before Watt transferred to Wisconsin in 2008, he was a tight end at Central Michigan. He caught only eight passes for 77 yards, but he obviously has some familiarity with the position. While Kubiak admitted the idea of Watt lining up in the team’s goal-line package is intriguing, he said seeing him on the field with the offense in the Pro Bowl made him uncomfortable.

“No, I didn’t like that personally,” Kubiak said. “When I saw he was going to line up out there, that scared me a little bit. We’ll let him keep getting after the quarterback and maybe we’ll find him a play or two of offense down the road.”

As we learned from this video of his vertical leap, Watt is a freak athlete. There is no doubt he could make an impact on offense with enough reps, but the last thing the Texans need is their most important player popping an ACL while firing off the line to make a block or catch a pass. It simply isn’t worth the risk.

JJ Watt jumps onto 5-foot box, showcases insane vertical leap (Video)

JJ-Watt-box-jumpEver wonder why Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is so effective at batting down passes? The 24-year-old has the benefit of being 6-foot-5, but he also has an incredible vertical leap.

In a recent video that was posted on YouTube (via Eye on Football), Watt jumped onto a dresser-type thing that was supposedly 59.5 inches tall — or just under 5 feet. Somehow, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year made it look easy.

Is this the first time we have seen a display of freakish athleticism of this magnitude? Not exactly, but videos of amazing vertical leaps like this usually involve defensive backs or wide receivers. Watt had to somehow get his 289-pound frame onto the box from a standstill position. I highly doubt there are many — if any — NFL defensive linemen who could duplicate the feat.