It’s no secret that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is a freak athlete. But, are the Texans planning on using him on offense? If they are, good! If not, they should.
The reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, Watt was spotted using the JUGS machine, a tool used by receivers to work on their catching ability, in practice this past week. When asked about it, Watt told the media, “It’s just about being an athlete. 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.”
It may seem like harmless fun, but has Watt stumbled upon something here? Or have members of the press stumbled upon a possible secret wrinkle in the Texans’ offense? At any rate, the Texans would be well served by using Watt on offense in some way.
Prior to transferring from Central Michigan to Wisconsin, Watt actually played tight end. In fact, he was originally recruited as a tight end and went to CMU with the intent to play at the position before switching to defense after transferring to the Badgers.
With the Badgers, he led the defense in pass deflections as a defensive lineman. Watt is known for his quick hands in the NFL as well. Don’t let those big mitts fool you, he returned an interception for a touchdown two years ago against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Obviously, the place where Watt can be best used is on the goal line. He would be an excellent addition to any jumbo package where he could block both in the pass and run, take a hand off or even jet out of the backfield and out for a pass.
It’s no secret that the closer you get to the endzone, the harder it is for teams to score. The defense has less ground to cover and their job actually gets a little bit easier. Any sort of wrinkle a team can add to their goal line offense to give them an advantage is a good one in my book.
In response to the 6-foot-5, 289-pound behemoth, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has stated that some sort of package that would include Watt has been thought of in the past, but isn’t in the playbook. Kubiak also told reporters that, “We might let (Watt) be in there at some point. But it’s not going to be anytime soon.”
The Texans should put together a goal line package with Watt included. The nice thing is that he doesn’t have to be an integral part of the play. Watt’s presence may be enough to put the defense on high alert and distract them from what’s actually going on.
It would also be cool to see Watt take a handoff and plow through the defense on his way to the endzone. The path of destruction would be epic.