Massive Freak J.J. Watt Might Become A Serious Tight End Option For The Texans
It was cute when the Texans had their superstar defensive end J.J. Watt line up as a tight end on Sunday and catch a 1-yard touchdown. The Patriots did that a bunch with Mike Vrabel (and the Bears with The Fridge, too) back in the day -- it's funny to see a huge, defensive-minded dude run a baby route and catch the football like he's wearing Mickey Mouse gloves.
Except it appears Sunday's experiment wasn't a one-off thing: Bill O'Brien and the Texans plan on using Watt as a tight end going forward. We might not have believed it, if that play didn't come in the first quarter of a 0-0 game in Week 2 -- it wasn't goof off time; that came later in the game. Via NFL.com:
Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters he expects to use Watt "more and more" as a red zone tight end moving forward.
"We had some injuries at tight end a couple weeks ago and you've got a guy that is sitting over there that is 6-foot-7, 295 pounds; he can jump," O'Brien said. "He was a tight end early in his career in high school and in college, so he's got an idea on how to catch the ball and he can block. We can use him in different packages at tight end, which is good."
At 295, Watt has about 30 pounds on Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, so don't expect to see him running slant routes near midfield -- but you can't match his height and athleticism. He could end up being a pretty serious weapon in the red zone for Houston, which begs two questions: How many touchdowns will Watt score this year (I'd put the over/under at 5), and how many will he have to score before he's made available to fantasy teams? For guys who are crossing their fingers and hoping Charles Clay gets targets this week, Watt might end up being a higher-scoring option.
By the way, Vrabel is the Texans' linebackers coach.
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