HOUSTON — It won’t be too much longer until Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt can uncoil his powerful, 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame and deliver punishing hits to the blind side of an unsuspecting quarterback in an actual football game.
All eyes will be on Watt when the Texans enter training camp.
While Watt isn’t believed to have a personal countdown clock to inform him of approximately how many days between the close of a mandatory minicamp and the first day of full-contact drills at training camp, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is gratified to know it’s only 41 more days until the Texans report to The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
Watt is admittedly restless, eager to hit someone after a spring spent running around and not being able to fully test out his surgically-repaired back. So, Watt stays focused, aggressive and determined to take out the frustrations that have built up since a Sept. 22 shutout road loss to the New England Patriots last season that represented his final game last season before undergoing a second surgery to repair a herniated disk and being placed on injured reserve.
“I don’t like to think about it like that because then you calm down and the aggression starts to build,” Watt said Wednesday. “I’d rather just kind of let it be just keep tugging on the chain, tugging on the chain and then someday they’ll undo the chain and then it gets to be real fun.”
Following a pair of microdiscectomies last year to address back problems that rendered Watt a shell of his usual dominant self – most notably being knocked to the ground by single-blocking against the eventual Super…
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