Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will be playing in Saturday’s playoff game against the Bills in the Wild Card round. What’s the game plan for him?
The Houston Texans are two days away from getting ready to rock and roll for some playoff football with a lot to prove by winning their first playoff game since the 2015 season. We all remember that win too — it was against a decimated Oakland Raiders football team sans Derek Carr in what was a sloppy but successful win that featured third-stringer Connor Cook.
The Houston Texans went on to get crushed by the New England Patriots which later were toppled over by the Denver Broncos, en route to their Super Bowl championship.
Just like 2015, the Super Bowl champ isn’t as presumptive as what it has been in past seasons and they’re a multitude of teams that could come out as winners of the ballyhooed sports championship of professional football.
Houston Texans fans hope that their team is in that final game but the goal for this season is to win at least two playoff games to consider it a success as it indicates progression as a football team.
They certainly have the tools out on the field to do that against a strong Buffalo Bills team that has talent on both sides of the football.
But speaking of talent, the team will be trotting J.J. Watt out there in this Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Bills, scheduled for a 3:35 p.m. CST kickoff.
What’s the latest game plan for Watt, who has been out since October with a torn pectoral muscle?
Romeo Crennel said — via the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson — that Watt will be at least a situational pass rusher, if not more if he’s able to handle the workload.
Although that doesn’t give many tidbits into what he will actually be doing, RAC doesn’t want to give any inkling to his schemes, it’s expected that he’s going to be on some sort of a snap count.
This is to ensure that he doesn’t overwork the muscle that has been surgically repaired. He will be wearing a protective sleeve around the pec — or what I’d like to call a male bra — to also help
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prevent any premature re-tearing of the muscle.
What should we expect out of Watt? I think you’ll see him make as many plays as he can despite the injury that he knows about. Since there’s a possibility no tomorrow, he’s going to be playing that way to ensure he does everything he can to help this team win.
After all, it was Watt that pushed to get himself back on the field through his rehabilitation so there’s no question that the team has pressured him to do this.
He has been limited so far in practice this week.
Let’s just hope for the best…
Watt as accumulated 24 tackles — 15 solos — along with 4.0 sacks, four tackles-for-loss, 20 quarterback hits, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble through his first eight games this season before his injury.