J.J. Watt Named AFC Player Of The Month

J.J. Watt Named AFC Player Of The Month

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J.J. Watt Named AFC Player Of The Month

Having missed most of the last two seasons hasn’t slowed J.J. Watt from being a dominating N.F.L. defender.

The former Wisconsin standout and three-time N.F.L. Defensive Player of the Year was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month Thursday after accounting for 20 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles in his team’s first four games.

The 29-year-old Watt is rated the No.2 edge defender in the league, per Pro Football Focus, and was instrumental in Houston beating Indianapolis, 37-34, in overtime last Sunday. Helping the Texans to their first win of the season, Watt registered four tackles and forced two fumbles.

Watt has played in just eight games over the past two seasons because of a back injury in 2016 and a fractured left leg in 2017 but is evidently regaining his form.

From PFF’s analysis:

Despite his overall success, Watt got off to a slow start to the season, logging just five total pressures in Weeks 1 and 2. Of course, he has since turned things around, as Watt recorded nine pressures (six hurries, three hits) and five sacks in just the past two weeks. He now ranks ninth in pass-rush productivity (8.6) largely because of his recent efforts.

Houston hosts Dallas on Sunday Night Football this weekend.

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