January 23, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans (99) signs autographs for fans during practice for the 2014 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

J.J. Watt Named 12th Best Player By His NFL Peers

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Houston Texans DE/DT J.J. Watt was named the 12th best player in the NFL by his peers, on NFL Network’s Top 100 Countdown.

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Watt finished the 2013 with 10.5 sacks, 80 tackles, and 7 pass deflections.

His 2013 didn’t compare to his 2012 season, when he finished with 20.5 sacks, 81 tackles, and 16 pass deflections, good enough to be named Defensive Player Of The Year. However, Watt was arguably even better in 2013.

Pro Football Focus, a site that values much more than the traditional NFL stats, said Watt was even better in 2013. After giving him their highest grade ever in 2012, Watt beat that mark by a total of 10 points, and PFF named him the NFL’s best player in 2013.

Watt himself finished 5th in last year’s voting, but I guess his peers believe he wasn’t as good in 2013.

Watt was joined by Andre Johnson (21st) and Duane Brown (86th) on the Top 100 list.

The two-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All Pro member will look to better his numbers and his team’s numbers this upcoming season.

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