J.J. Watt Ready To Build Off Of Positives Against Patriots

Ready For Matchup Against Titans

The Bull Rush
September 12, 2018 - 5:14 pm

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Though the Texans walked away from their Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots with a loss, and while they made some mistakes, there were many positives to take away from a 7 point loss on the road to a team that went to the AFC Championship game last season. 

That's what J.J. Watt said he wants to build on Wednesday before practice, the positives.

"I think the second half was definitely a lot better than the first for myself, individually, and probably for the defense as a whole. I think we just want to build off of that, whatever it was, knocking rust off in the first half or just getting back up to speed in a full game, but definitely started to feel more like myself in the second half. So, I want to continue to build off of that, start quicker in this game and then just – the last two years have been what they’ve been. Just working back into it, getting back up to full speed and feeling good out there," Watt said before practice Wednesday morning.

The Texans defense held the Patriots to only six points off of two field goals in the second half after allowing 21 points through the first two quarters.

Watt played much better in the second half, finishing the game with 3 tackles and 2 QB hits. That's a good for a former Defensive Player of the Year coming off of another injury filled season. 

There was some concern about how Watt would handle playing a full time, full speed game, but he says he felt great after his 70 snaps on Sunday, "70 plays, on turf field, tough battle like that. Felt fine the whole game. Never thought about it once. I’m very pleased with how it turned out and like I said, with the second half, I started to really begin to find my groove as a player again. I just want to build off of that, but I think there’s definitely some encouraging things there that I want to continue to grow and build off of," Watt said.

They'll face off against a divisional opponent in the Titans who could be missing multiple key cogs on their offense, most notably QB Marcus Mariota.

Mariota threw for only 103 yards and two interceptions in the Titans Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins, but it remains to be seen whether he or backup Blaine Gabbert will be starting the game at quarterback.

If Mariota is ready to go, Watt says they'll be ready for him. 

"He can do both things. He can run, he can throw. He can challenge you on the ground, he can drop back and throw it, so you have to obviously be alert and do your job and make sure everybody knows what they’re doing," Watt said.