J.J. Watt is the NFL's best defensive player, and he probably has been for the last two seasons. That's why he was recently given a $100 million contract extension, and he appears to be worth every penny -- at least, so far. In the Texans' season-opening win against the Redskins, Watt had three tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, a fumble recovery and a blocked PAT. And it's totally foreseeable that he'll maintain this ridiculous level of play all season.
That's par for the course. But what was unusual in Houston's game against the Oakland Raiders was the way in which Watt contributed. With 9:37 left in the first quarter, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a one-yard touchdown pass to ... J.J. Watt.
It's the first offensive touchdown by a defensive player in Texans franchise history, but it's not a new idea. Watt has been pressing to play some snaps on offense for a while.
“It's just about being an athlete," Watt said in August 2013. "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.
“I've been lobbying since Day 1. It hasn't worked yet, so I don't think it's going to work anytime soon but it's his team."
That was back when Gary Kubiak was the head coach, and it didn't play out, though Kubiak noted that Watt could probably do whatever he wanted on a football field. New head coach Bill O'Brien, evidently, has no such issues with giving his best player more opportunities to make plays.