HOUSTON — Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt gave the fans and media a glimpse of what to expect this season. In a drill against Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews, widely regarded as one of the top offensive tackle prospects out of Texas A&M, Watt showed his physical dominance once again.
Matthews’ father Bruce Matthews, Hall of Fame offensive lineman, watched the drill as his son looked helpless against Watt. In the video clip on NFL.com, Watt grabbed Matthews by his shoulder pads and just kept pushing him back.
If this is any indication of what is to come, all offensive lines must be ready to engage in equally aggressive physical play or they will see their quarterbacks go down at least three times.
Watts earned several accolades in his career including being chosen as a 2014 Pro Bowl team captain and Associated Press defensive player of the year in 2012. He recorded 36.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and 27 passes defensed during his career which is only 5 years worth of accomplishments. Will Watt break a few NFL records before he retires?
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