HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans defensive end JJ Watt appeared to shake off whatever rust was left on him as he tallied 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in Houston’s 19-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.
The former three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year missed the entire pre-season after undergoing surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. Watt said after his week one performance in which he failed to register a solo tackle that he was still trying to shake some rust off.
“I think we’re getting closer,” Watt said in his press conference addressing his solid outing against the Chiefs. “I don’t think I’m all the way there yet. But, I definitely felt a little bit better today than I did last week and I think it’s going to continue that way.”
Watt, who became the second fastest player in NFL history to earn 75 career sacks with his 1.5 sacks on Sunday, admitted that while he was able to play well today, having to play again in just four days against the New England Patriots could be difficult.
“The short week is obviously going to be a little bit of a challenge but I’m really looking forward to (Thursday Night Football). I think today was just a lot of fun,” Watt said. “A short week like this when we have to travel, we leave Wednesday, you just really have to take care of your body and get the proper sleep, eat the proper food, know how to take care of it and get yourself ready to roll. Especially, for myself, I know I need to do a really good job, especially considering the situation I’m in. So, yeah. That’s a for a professional football player, you have to be a pro.”
Watt was pleased with his performance, but the defense as a whole was dominant as they held the Chiefs without a touchdown and forced three turnovers as well.
“I think everybody’s playing well, Watt said. “I think it’s a whole team effort. Everybody from the front with Vinnie (Vince Wilfork), I mean, everybody, (John) Simon, Whitney (Mercilus), J.D. (Jadeveon Clowney) and the guys in the back, all the DBs are playing so well, the linebackers. It’s really a whole team effort and I think it’s a lot of fun when you play that way because the ball is flying out, the guys are flying around, tackles are coming from everywhere and it’s really kind of a race to make a play.”
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