The Texans have one of the best young defensive players in the NFL. And the NFL has officially recognized that fact.
J.J. Watt is the AFC defensive player of the week for Week Two of the 2012 season.
He had 1.5 sacks, three quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery, and two deflected passes. Watt, who dislocated an elbow and is wearing an Iron Mike Sharpe-style contraption on his arm, has now had two big games this year, which puts him on track for the Pro Bowl and in the early conversation for defensive player of the year.
He’s the first Texans defensive end to win the award since Mario Williams in 2007. Coincidentally, Watt said last week that, while the Texans may miss Williams in the locker room, they won’t miss him at all on the field.
The players who missed out on the recognition include Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman, Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, Chargers safety Eric Weddle, and Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams.