J.J. Watt has become arguably the NFL’s best defensive player and a $100 million man being where defenses don’t want him to be. Mostly in the backfield, terrorizing quarterbacks and running backs.
But on Watt’s 79-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Houston Texans 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Sunday, on a screen pass intended for running back Fred Jackson, Watt was, oddly enough, exactly where the Bills wanted him to be.
“Every other (defensive end) that I’ve ever done that to — that’s the look we want,” running back Fred Jackson said. “We want that guy crashing and then let me go free and not touch me, and he did that.”
Watt’s pick-six gives him two touchdowns this season for the Texans, second on the team to only wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has three. It’s also the second time Watt has picked off a pass and brought it back to the house.
The fact that Watt got it on a play that, technically, he was out of position only speaks to the caliber of Houston’s franchise player: incredible.
“That’s just an individual making a play, and you’ve got to give that guy a lot of credit,” Jackson said. “They didn’t pay him all that money for no reason.”
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