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J.J. Watt Snap Counts Through Five Weeks

Dissecting How The Texans Are Managing Their Star

October 10, 2018 - 4:06 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – J.J. Watt has six sacks through five games into the season and is tied for the league lead after recovering from a broken leg that cost him a majority of 2017.

Coming into the season, no one expected Watt to have the production he’s had so far.  Now, one of the biggest challenges is protecting Watt against Watt and making sure he can make it through the season. 

At the age of 29, and with all of the major surgeries in Watt’s career, managing his snap count is important for the Texans.  The last time Watt finished a season was in 2015 when he led the league in sacks with 17.5. 

So far in 2018, Watt has played an average of 63.2 defensive snaps a game.  In week one against New England Watt played 70 snaps, which was 93 percent of the defensive plays.  In week two against Tennessee, Watt played every single defensive snap, but that number was only 59.  The following week against the Giants, Watt played 52 plays at an 84 percent clip, but was a bit banged up in that game.  In week four against the Colts, which was the game where Watt looked notably gassed in overtime, he played 79 defensive snaps which was 87 percent of the time.  Against the Cowboys on Sunday, Watt played 90 percent of the snaps which translated to 56 plays.

All in all, the Texans have done a pretty good job of managing his snaps, and aside from the Giants game when he was banged up and the Colts game which he was on the field for 79 snaps, Watt has looked like the Watt of old.