By Paul Gallant, SportsRadio 610By Paul Gallant

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – He catches touchdown passes. Takes interceptions back 80 yards to the house. And can completely disrupt an entire offense for 60 minutes.

But there’s one thing that Watt apparently can’t do: dance. Watt even admitted it yesterday when trying to explain his celebration after yesterday’s game changing pick 6.

“I have no idea what I was doing,” said Watt. “Part of me’s like that might be a Deion high step. The other part of me’s like it might…I think it’s called a ‘Nae Nae’. And the other part of me’s like…what? You’re a white defensive lineman…just go ahead and run in there, hand the ball to the official for God’s sakes.”

The commercials Watt has been in recently haven’t helped either.

“With my Verizon commercial, my dancing cred is out the window,” lamented Watt.

Fair point.


Let’s look at the tape. Watt’s self-description seems pretty accurate. A little bit of Primetime. And I guess you could call some of those moves “Nae-Nae”-esque.

“But Paul, what’s the ‘Nae-Nae’, bro?”

For those who aren’t familiar with the legendary jig, here is a random assortment of people dressed in knock off Disney costumes to show you how it’s done:


Today in the locker room, Watt’s teammates were asked about his moves…specifically his “Nae Nae” attempt. Here’s how Whitney Mercilus reacted when he was told Watt was considering the dance.

“It was on his mind? Are you serious?” laughed Mercilus. “That’s an interesting thought.”

Mercilus was asked if he’d pay to see Watt dance. He politely declined…at least until he gets some help from one of his teammates.

“We still need to get Swag [D.J. Swearinger] to boost up his game.”

Swearinger was asked about Watt’s attempt as well.

“I saw him put his hand up,” said Swearinger. “So I’m like, go crank it bro! But hey, he did what he had to do. Great play.”

And then, offered his help.

“Yeah man,” said Swearinger. “Got to help him work on that. He’s seeing the end zone too much to have no swag.”

Swearinger said Watt isn’t without hope.

“I’ve actually seen his dancing at practice. He’s got some moves, but we’ve got to spice it up a little bit.”

Other Notes:

  • Most of the Texans  hadn’t seen next week’s opponent – the Cowboys – beat down the Saints 38-17 last night. Tackle Duane Brown heard good things though. “I heard they played very well,” said Brown. “Their defense played well. That’s a very explosive Saints offense that they went against.”
  • Tight End Garrett Graham did catch the game. But didn’t really enjoy watching it. “It was kind of a boring game,” said Graham. “I didn’t watch the whole thing. But it was alright.”
  • I don’t think there’s any sort of rivalry between the Texans and Cowboys as much as there’s one between their fans. Whitney Mercilus acknowledged that. “It’s a huge rivalry,” said Mercilus. “Especially between Texans fans and Dallas fans. It’s something I’ve noticed since being here. And it’s definitely a good matchup.”
  • Back to Duane Brown, who knows his offense needs to take advantage of the stands that the Texans’ defense makes. “It’s very frustrating man,” said Brown. “It’s not easy for them to go out and continuously get off the field. Get three and outs. Get turnovers. So we want to do our best to get touchdowns. To get points on the board.”
  • “We did a decent job yesterday,” continued Brown. “But we have to get better. Against some of these teams, field goals won’t cut it. We have to do our best to get into the end zone.”
  • Cornerback Darryl Morris – who the Texans claimed off waivers right before the kickoff of the season – had a good game Sunday. He had the game clinching interception, a tackle for a loss, and three pass deflections. And he humbly credited the pass rush and his teammate for the plays he was able to make. “I think it really starts up front,” said Morris. “The guys up front were getting great pressure all night. Even on the interception, J.J. had a great hit which actually forced the over-throw. He really made the play, I’m just the guy that gets my name right there written down for it.”
  • Swearinger WAS a fan of DeAndre Hopkin’s dead fish dance – a tribute to a celebration you can do in the FIFA video game. “Yeah that was nice,” laughed Swearinger. “South [Carolina] homey. Got a little swag to him man. So I applaud him on that.”


Paul Gallant hosts the “B-Straw and Pauly G” show – Tuesdays 9-11 PM, Wednesdays 8-11 PM, and Fridays 8-11 PM – with Brien Straw. Get in contact with Paul on Twitter – @PaulyGSays – or on Facebook – Paul Gallant.

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