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JJ Watt sends positive message to Von Miller after news of injury

JJ Watt

JJ Watt sent a message of support for Von Miller after the terrible injury news surrounding the Denver Broncos star on Tuesday.

Miller suffered an ankle injury late in the Broncos’ practice on Tuesday. An MRI confirmed he suffered a torn tendon that would require surgery.

Watt heard about the news and sent a message of support for Miller. He said he hated to hear the news, and then he turned the focus towards a positive one about Miller’s recovery.

Watt may feel more ties to Miller than most opponents. Both players were among the top picks in the 2011 NFL Draft and have been Pro Bowl regulars since then.

Additionally, Watt has suffered major injuries in three of his last four seasons, so he knows just how tough they can be. The injury is a real shame, especially since it seemed like Miller was in for a big year.

JJ Watt impressed by wife Kealia Ohai’s homemade pasta-making skills

JJ Watt

JJ Watt’s wife is an impressive soccer player, and now we know she has another emerging skill.

Watt tweeted a video on Saturday of the setup in his kitchen that showed his wife Kealia Ohai making pasta. The humorous part was how she had the homemade noodles dangling everywhere.

That meal probably turned out to be delicious.

Ohai and Watt got engaged in May last year and were married in February. Ohai, who plays pro soccer for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL, recently made a fitting change to her jersey. She also looks like quite the budding chef with her culinary skills.

Watt is preparing for the upcoming NFL season, which will mark his 10th with the Houston Texans.

JJ Watt has perfect reaction to Joey Bosa’s contract extension

JJ Watt

JJ Watt had a fitting reaction to Joey Bosa’s contract extension.

Bosa got a 5-year, $135 million extension from the Chargers that includes a record amount of guaranteed money for a defensive player. That’s good news for upcoming free agent defensive linemen, as it sets a high market for them. That’s exactly what Watt recognizes.

The Houston Texans defender tweeted some emoji eyes at his brother, T.J., as if to say, “look out – you’re next”.

T.J. was a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2017 and making $1.7 million this season. The Steelers have already picked up his fifth-year option for 2021 at $10 million, so he’s still under contract for two more seasons. But he would be in line for an extension next year like Bosa.

T.J., 25, had 13 sacks in 2018 and 14.5 sacks last season. He has made the Pro Bowl two years in a row and stacks up to Bosa pretty nicely.

Drew Brees, other stars critical of NFL over negotiations for 2020 season

Drew Brees

The NFL and NFL Players Association still have several issues to sort out before the green light is given to proceed with the 2020 season, and a number of star players took to social media on Sunday to express how frustrated they are with the negotiations.

In what seemed like a coordinated effort to put pressure on the NFL, top players like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt took aim at the league over not having a coherent health and safety plan in place.

That was just a sampling of what some of the NFL’s biggest names had to say, so the tweets were clearly sent at the directive of the NFLPA. As we saw with negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players Association, the two sides clearly are not seeing eye-to-eye on a number of key issues. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that the tweet blitz on Sunday came in response to the acclimation period for players, with the union wanting all preseason games canceled and the NFL still wanting two.

Training camp is still expected to begin on schedule, which is July 28 for most teams. However, NFLPA president J.C. Tretter warned over the weekend that players may not be ready for it.

It would be a shock if the two sides cannot come to an agreement in the coming weeks, but the negotiations could get more tenuous before that happens.

JJ Watt’s wife Kealia makes big change to name on her jersey

JJ Watt Kealia Ohai

Kealia Ohai was an extremely successful athlete long before she married JJ Watt, and many women in her situation choose to keep their last name after getting married. However, Ohai is now a Watt, and she’s proudly displaying it on her jersey.

Ohai — or should we say Ohai Watt — had “Watt” on the back of her Chicago Red Stars jersey on Sunday night. She shared a photo on Twitter.

Watt and Ohai got married back in February. They began dating back in 2016. Watt has shown support for Ohai in the past by wearing her jersey at games, but now he can wear his own name on the back when he watches her play.

Ohai Watt is in her first season with the Red Stars after playing for the Houston Dash from 2014-2019. She’s also a member of the US Women’s National Team.

JJ Watt has funny message for Deshaun Watson after Mahomes contract

Patrick Mahomes’ 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs has certainly attracted the attention of some other quarterbacks around the league. That’s especially true for those who have yet to sign a long-term deal with their current franchise.

Deshaun Watson is one of those quarterbacks, and negotiations with the Houston Texans on a long-term contract are likely to come in the relatively near future. Watson knows it and the Texans know it. So does his Houston teammate J.J. Watt, who sent his quarterback a quick message upon learning about the Mahomes deal.

That’s more or less all that needs to be conveyed, isn’t it?

Mahomes is getting $450 million from the Chiefs. Watson won’t be worth quite that much, but as someone who has the potential to get the next quarterback megadeal, his value definitely went up.

JJ Watt will not seek contract extension from Texans

JJ Watt’s salary for 2020 places him well below some of the highest-paid defensive ends in football, but the Houston Texans star says he is not going to approach the team about renegotiating his contract this offseason.

Watt signed six-year, $100 million contract with the Texans back in 2014, and he has no guaranteed money remaining on the deal. Despite that, the 31-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that he has no intention of demanding more money. Watt said he doesn’t think asking for a new contract at this time is necessary, and he hinted that he understands the Texans might have reservations about giving him one due to his recent injury history.

Health has become a major concern for Watt. After not missing a game in his first five NFL seasons, the former No. 11 overall pick has been sidelined for a total of 32 over the last four years. The latest injury was a torn pectoral muscle that shut him down for the second half of the regular season last year, though he battled back and was able to suit up in the playoffs.

Watt is just two years removed from a 16-sack season in 2018. He claims he is healthy heading into the 2020 season, and he will certainly be in line for another massive contract if he comes close to duplicating his production from two years ago. Even if he sought an extension this offseason, he wouldn’t be in a position of strength.

5 NFL veterans who need a bounceback season

Odell Beckham Jr

Even veteran players are prone to bad seasons. Despite their experience and talent, sometimes things just don’t click, be it an underlying injury, a bad supporting cast, or a poor scheme fit. It’s particularly troublesome when vets go through bad seasons, as NFL teams rely on their most experienced and accomplished players to drive them forward. If that doesn’t happen, the whole team suffers.

So which NFL veterans really need to turn things around and get back on track in 2020? Here are five to watch for.

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5 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates

Rob Gronkowski

The 2020 NFL regular season will be unique for many reasons, but it will also feature a slew of players attempting to make a comeback — some in new uniforms.

Whether these players missed time due to injury, inconsistency or retirement, all should be considered strong candidates to win the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Here is a look at five strong candidates to win the

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JJ Watt roasts himself over hilarious high school picture

JJ Watt

JJ Watt used to look like the “before” picture in fitness infomercials, but he can look back with some humor now that he is in the “after” stage.

On Wednesday, Houston Texans defensive end came across an old picture of himself in high school looking as scrawny as a pencil and put his roasting cap on. Watt tweeted a plea for someone to introduce him to a bicep curl or a squat and joked that the jumbo shoulder pads weren’t fooling anyone.

The five-time Pro Bowler graduated from high school in 2007, seeing time at tight end and defensive end for the football team and playing center for the varsity basketball team as well. Interestingly enough, Watt was listed at 230 pounds in high school, compared to his current playing weight of 288 pounds.

When you consider some of the amazing feats Watt has pulled off in the gym since, it is pretty amazing to see how far the now 31-year-old star has come.