J.J. Watt RUMORS & NEWS

  • Guinness brews beer exclusively for J.J. Watt

    Houston Chronicle "Each offseason, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt takes a trip with his childhood friends. This year's trip took him and his pals to Dublin. When the group stopped by The Open Gate Brewery in St. James' Gate in Dublin, he was treated to a surprise. He had his own batch of beer brewed exclusively..." February 12

  • J.J. Watt has a message for his doubters

    Pro Football Talk "In the wake of a debate (real or contrived) regarding whether and why Cam Newton is so polarizing, another guy who isn’t viewed as a lightning rod continues to periodically say things that should be drawing 50,000-degree bolts of electricity, but aren’t. Texans defensive J.J. Watt, universally..." February 07

  • J.J Watt wins third Defensive Player of Year award

    NFL.com "Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt beat out St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Carolina Panthers stars Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman to take home the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year award at Saturday's NFL Honors ceremony. Watt joined former New York Giants pass rusher..." February 07

  • J.J. Watt explains why he's perfectly OK with Cam Newton's TD dances

    CBS Sports "Lost in all the discussion about Cam Newton and his celebrations is one very simple fact: football is fun. Or supposed to be anyway. Fortunately for the world, All-Pro Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt reminded everyone during a Q&A of this very fact by pointing out he's totally on..." February 03

  • No, JJ Watt doesn't need your help to rehab his groin

    Fox Sports "Who knew there were so many generous people in this world? Houston Texans star JJ Watt is on the mend after having groin surgery. And many people have reached out to wish him well during his recovery, so JJ decided to send out a tweet to thank everyone." January 30

  • Report: Texans’ J.J. Watt undergoes sports hernia surgery

    SI "Texans defensive end J.J. Watt underwent surgery for a sports hernia injury on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Watt was injured during Saturday’s playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and did not return to the game after coming up in pain. The Texans called it a groin injury..." January 12

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    JJ Watt press conference says he'll have surgery on his groin Tuesday has been dealing with it for 6-7 weeks.

  • J.J. Watt to undergo groin surgery on Tuesday

    NFL.com "For J.J. Watt to miss a minute of playoff action Saturday against the Chiefs, you had to figure the groin injury that sidelined him in the third quarter was serious. As it turns out, it was. Speaking to reporters Sunday, just a day after the Texans were pummeled, 30-0, by Kansas City in the..." January 10

  • Jeremy Maclin ruled out; J.J. Watt questionable

    NFL.com "The most vital piece of the Kansas City Chiefs' passing game went down early in the third quarter. Jeremy Maclin was taken to the locker room on a cart after his knee got tied up following a reception. J.J. Watt (groin) was injured on the same play as Maclin and the Texans announced that..." January 09

  • J.J. Watt responds to critic on Twitter who calls him a ‘try hard’

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite being perhaps the best defensive player in the NFL, J.J. Watt still receives his share of criticism for various reasons. Among them is that he appears to try to hard to be the likable and popular guy. On Sunday, Watt took to his Twitter account to talk about the Texans’ 34-6 victory..." December 28

  • Bill O’Brien praises J.J. Watt’s play with a broken hand

    Houston Chronicle "Coach Bill O’Brien sounded amazed this week that defensive end J.J. Watt has been able to play well despite wearing a cast that covers his left hand and wrist. “Here’s a great player having to learn to play basically with one arm,” O’Brien said. “When you really think about that, it’s..." December 27

  • No Watt or Clowney at practice on Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL’s Houston franchise prepares to attempt to win its first game ever in the State of Indiana (unfortunately for the Texans, “at Purdue” has never popped up on the schedule), they didn’t have two of their key defensive players for the first key practice of the week. Defensive end J.J...." December 17

  • Koetter: Aaron Donald “at the same level as J.J. Watt”

    Tampa Bay Times "Weeks before the Bucs play an opponent, an advance scout looks ahead to analyze and anticipate the biggest challenges awaiting Tampa Bay's players and coaches. So consider Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter forewarned about Rams phenom Aaron Donald, who leads NFL defensive tackles with 11..." December 16

  • J.J. Watt misses practice, will play vs. Pats

    HoustonTexans.com "J.J. Watt did not practice on Thursday due to a hand injury. Wearing a cast on his left hand, Watt was present but working with trainers on the side field. Head coach Bill O'Brien expects Watt to play on Sunday against New England. "I don't think it will affect him," O'Brien said..." December 10

  • Bill Belichick says J.J. Watt is right up there with Lawrence Taylor

    CBS Sports "New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not quick to praise ... well, pretty much anyone. We know this. He doles out praise so infrequently that there have been two separate articles focusing on that specific fact written this year alone: one from the Wall Street Journal on how..." December 09

  • J.J. Watt: Rex Ryan had a plan to draft me that involved a fake disease

    CBS Sports "When Rex Ryan started to prepare for the 2011 NFL Draft, he had high hopes of landing Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt. The big problem for Ryan though was that he knew that there was no way that Watt, a top-20 prospect, was going to drop all the way down to the 30th spot, where Ryan and the..." December 02

  • J.J. Watt and Drew Brees are part of this trivia question

    ESPN "It was the 189th time New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had been sacked in his career, so the moment really meant nothing to him. It meant something to the guy on the other end. "My rookie year we were playing at the Superdome and that's when I got my first one," Houston Texans..." November 25

  • Andy Dalton: No feud with J.J. Watt over 'Red Ryder BB gun' comments

    CBS Sports "The lamest beef in recent NFL history has been squashed. Two days after the Texans beat the previously undefeated Bengals on Monday Night Football -- and defensive end J.J. Watt had the nerve to announce on national television that "Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a..." November 18

  • J.J. Watt rankles Andy Dalton with 'Red Ryder BB Gun' postgame swipe

    ESPN "Barely an hour after Monday night's game at Paul Brown Stadium, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton got into a public war of words. During an on-field interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters following the Texans' 10-6 win over the Bengals, Watt took a shot at..." November 17

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    Drew Dougherty @DoughertyDrew

    "I'm dealing with a minor back issue and I expect to play on Sunday."-J.J. Watt

  • Texans DE J.J. Watt has illness, listed as questionable

    ESPN "Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was added to the team's injury report Saturday with an illness, but he will play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Watt, who is listed as questionable, is the fourth player for the Texans (1-4) to become..." October 18

  • Texans DE J.J. Watt has illness, listed as questionable

    ESPN "The Texans could be without their marquee player as defensive end J.J. Watt was added to the team's injury report Saturday with an illness. He is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watt is the fourth player for the Texans (1-4) to become sick this week. Receiver..." October 17

  • J.J. Watt: Texans defense can't wait to help electrify fans

    ESPN "Texans defensive end J.J. Watt hasn't played in a football game that counted since Dec. 28, 2014. To say he's anxious, well... "That would be the understatement of the century," Watt said. "It’s like an animal in the cage. You rattle the cage and hope they unlock it. Maybe the lock falls..." September 09

  • Bacon-wrapped chicken? Texans' J.J. Watt eats around 9,000 calories to fuel

    ESPN "His speed was right, his form was right, and J.J. Watt being J.J. Watt, he wouldn't let himself mentally quit on a workout he knew he could do. Watt's body lagged behind his mind, though. Having trained the Houston Texans defensive end since high school, Brad Arnett noticed something was wrong..." August 13

  • J.J. Watt warns high school athletes on dangers of social media

    ESPN "Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is no stranger to the off-field scrutiny that comes with social media. This week alone, Watt had the Twitter world abuzz after meeting with "lifelong crush" Jennifer Aniston and helping out with a pregnancy announcement. On Friday, Watt took time to..." July 19

  • Winston thinks facing Watt is going to be 'fun'

    CBS Sports "Most NFL quarterbacks want to avoid Texans defensive end J.J. Watt at all costs, not Jameis Winston though. For some reason, the Buccaneers rookie is actually looking forward to facing Watt this season. While filming a "Rookie Confessional" for NFL.com, Winston was asked who he was most looking..." June 22

  • JJ Watt’s breakfast consists of 10 eggs, pancakes and more

    Larry Brown Sports "How do you become one of the most feared defenders in NFL history? Eggs — lots and lots of eggs. For reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Years J.J. Watt, that’s at least part of it. In an interview with Jimmy Traina of FOX Sports this week, Watt revealed that he ate two breakfasts on Thursday...." June 19

  • J.J. Watt on Hard Knocks: "I prefer to focus on football"

    Fox Sports Southwest "It was announced last week that the Houston Texans would be the team featured on this season of the HBO series "Hard Knocks." And while the Texans still have some QB drama to figure out, the biggest draw of the show is reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Watt has always been..." June 01

  • J.J. Watt: Ben Jones will be a ‘Hard Knocks’ star

    Houston Chronicle "It’s no secret that defensive end J.J. Watt will get the most attention on Hard Knocks, but he’s already got a nomination of unsung star – Ben Jones. Jones, who has moved from left guard to center to replace Chris Myers, will eat or drink just about anything on a dare. It’s incredibly popular..." May 28

  • J.J. Watt fires agent Ben Dogra

    Sporting News "Ben Dogra may still represent Adrian Peterson, but the NFL agent is losing other big-name clients. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the latest to fire Dogra, who was canned by CAA last year. Watt will still work with CAA super-agent Tom Condon, according to Forbes. There is no word on whether..." April 21

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    Source: JJ Watt has restructured his contract. Turned $10M roster bonus into a signing bonus. Creates $8M in cap space for HOU for 2015.

  • Watt restructures contract, frees $8 million in cap space for Texans

    Fox Sports Southwest "J.J. Watt is the highest paid player on the Houston Texans after signing a six-year $100 million contract prior to the 2014 season, but that doesn't mean the defensive star can't give his team some salary cap relief. Watt and the Texans have restructured his contract to turn what would have..." March 24

  • J.J. Watt rewards himself with log cabin in ‘middle of nowhere’

    Houston Chronicle "Since the Texans’ 2014 season ended, J.J. Watt has appeared on another national magazine cover, jumped over Jimmy Kimmel on national television and collected two turnovers in the Pro Bowl. This week, Watt has made the rounds in Glendale, Ariz., during the media buildup toward Super Bowl..." January 30

  • Watt acknowledges he has 'no idea' what's going on in offensive huddle

    Fox Sports Southwest "Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt has an unprecedented three offensive touchdowns this season, and five total with his two defensive scores factored in the mix. While Watt is capable of doing many things, knowing what is going on in the huddle on the offensive side of the ball isn't..." December 05

  • J.J. Watt makes it work on offense

    ESPN "In a lot of ways, J.J. Watt is loud. His play is loud and flashy and demands the attention of two, maybe three offensive linemen. He elicits loud cheers from Houston Texans fans -- they chant his name, sometimes "M-V-P" -- and sometimes he yells back. There are times, though, when the..." December 04

  • Texans back J.J. Watt for MVP

    SB Nation "The Houston Texans may not even make the postseason, but that doesn't mean they couldn't conceivably have the league's Most Valuable Player on their team. His teammates have noted defensive end J.J. Watt is more deserving of the award than anyone, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron..." December 01

  • Justin Pugh does good job on Texans' J.J. Watt

    Newsday "Justin Pugh was so sick of hearing about J.J. Watt that by the time he actually faced the Texans' All-Pro defensive end, his head was spinning -- and he allowed a sack. It was an inauspicious beginning for the second-year right tackle's day against Watt, but it turned out to be one of the few..." September 22

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    Jordan Raanan @JordanRaanan

    Bill O'Brien just said you can expect Texans to use J.J. Watt 'more and more' moving forward as red-zone TE. Watch out league!!

  • Broncos' Von Miller: Texans' J.J. Watt 'underpaid'

    USA Today "The scrum of television cameras and reporters hovering around Von Miller started to clear away Wednesday afternoon, but the Denver Broncos' star pass rusher had a question. "Doesn't anyone want to know about the chickens?" Miller said. The mercurial pass rusher, who is set to make his full..." September 04

  • J.J. Watt hit the gym at 3 a.m. on night after finalizing huge contract, gets locked out

    Fox Sports "Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt celebrated his record-making contract extension with the Houston Texans on Tuesday by showing up at the team's training facility at 3 in the morning. Watt couldn't sleep. Only problem is, the gym's doors were locked. According to the Houston Chronicle, Watt..." September 03

  • J.J. Watt agrees to six-year, $100 million deal with the Texans

    Houston Chronicle "When Texans defensive end J.J. Watt signs his six-year, $100 million contract extension that includes $51.876 million guaranteed, he will become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Watt’s extension surpasses the previous record set by former Texans defensive end Mario Williams,..." September 02

  • J.J. Watt wants to remain with Texans; waiting for extension

    Houston Chronicle "J.J. Watt wants to remain with the Texans as long as possible. The 2012 NFL defensive player of the year also knows he’s in line for a major contract extension. Watt said Tuesday he hasn’t considered holding out because it would keep him off the football field. But the face of the franchise..." August 19

  • Texans’ J.J. Watt dealing with hyperextended knee

    Houston Chronicle "Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt is dealing with a hyperextended knee. Coach Bill O’Brien said Watt’s injury is minor and not a concern. The 2012 NFL defensive player of the year tweaked his knee during practice Thursday." June 14

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    RT @FieldYates: Texans have officially exercised the 5th-year option on DE J.J. Watt for 2015, per source. Deadline to do so was May 3.

  • O’Brien says Watt will fit in well with Texans’ new defense

    Houston Chronicle "Defensive end J.J. Watt is considered the best defensive player in the NFL. A lot of Texans fans are wondering how he will fit into new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s 3-4 scheme that’s different from the 3-4 used under Wade Phillips. Watt’s strength is getting off the ball, getting up..." March 26

  • Texans aren’t talking to J.J. Watt, but maybe they should be

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans are not involved in contract-extension talks with All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt, general manager Rick Smith said Friday. The organization is still evaluating its current roster and overall contract situation. While the Texans highly value Watt and the 2012 NFL defensive player of..." February 23

  • J.J. Watt’s mom wants him to get a nose job

    USA Today "This offseason, J.J. Watt might have some work done. According to the Associated Press, after a “violent” collision in Week 4 against Seattle, the Houston Texans star has a deep gash on the bridge of his nose that required six stitches at the time. Every game since, the wound has reopened and..." December 24

  • J.J. Watt will keep his salute, and NFL says that’s OK

    Houston Chronicle "Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will not stop his post-sack salute to the military even though the NFL is telling officials to crack down on rules against excessive celebration. Watt shouldn’t have a problem. The NFL says celebrations like the military salute are a violation only if they are..." August 07

  • J.J. Watt could become best ever, Brian Cushing says

    NFL.com "Those who see Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's dominance up close and personal on a regular basis are running out of superlatives. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips predicted after one season that Watt would end up with a Hall of Fame bust in Canton. One year later, Phillips..." July 03

  • JJ Watt's new MegaWatt shoes a big hit

    Fox Sports Southwest "Quickness and speed are things fans can always expect from Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. But Watt saw some unexpected speed from his fans this offseason. The 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year revealed on Twitter last week his own brand of Nike shoes known as the "MegaWatt." He sent..." June 02