HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Coming off a season where he accumulated 20.5 sacks, J.J. Watt said on Monday that he felt ahead of schedule after the first day of Texans offseason workouts getting ready for 2015.

Watt was asked about his 61-inch vertical box jump from last week.

“That was the first time I hit (that height),” Watt said. “That’s why I was so dang excited when I did it. I missed it quite a few times before I hit it. I’ve never hit that height before. I’ve never even hit 60 before. 59.5 was my previous best.”

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year thought it was a good sign of things to come.

“I normally hit my highs at the end of July, like the second part of the offseason,” Watt said. “So to hit it this early in the offseason’s exciting for me.

“It’s really been a great offseason so far,” he continued. “A lot of my lifts, a lot of my running, a lot of it is really where I would normally be at the end of July, so it’s exciting for me to be so far ahead this early.”

His teammates noticed.

“As he’s walking over to the facility to the grass, I mean, he was jogging like it was practice tempo,” safety Rahim Moore said. “That’s the type of guy he is. I mean, that’s why he deserves every accolade that he has because he puts in the work.

“I mean, today this guy was like, he’s working out way after the workouts were done,” Moore said. “He’s one of the best football players I’ve ever (seen) in my life. He seriously is… he’s remarkable. He’s special.”