September 16, 2016

During the first five years of his career, J.J. Watt made four All-Pro teams and won three Defensive Player of the Year awards—and he did not miss a game. Playing with a broken hand and a severe groin injury last year, which caused him excruciating pain, he still recorded 17.5 sacks. Which is to say that even though he had back surgery before training camp, Watt is no a mere mortal. With a new starter Brock Osweiller at quarterback, the Texans could contend in the AFC South. If Watt were to take the field in a back brace, he’d still get four sacks.

— Tim Rohan

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