J.J. Watt and Derek Watt could have a couple of reunions over Thanksgiving weekend. One at the dinner table on Thursday, and another on the football field on Sunday.
The Chargers and Texans are due to meet in Houston on November 27, and if pick No. 198 in the 2016 draft makes the team in San Diego and contributes, he’ll have a chance to say a different kind of hello to his brother.
“We might just knock each other out,” Derek Watt said after being drafted, via the Associated Press.
Most would put their money on J.J., primary since Derek is an unknown commodity. He’s not unknown to one specific member of the Chargers — the running back for whom Derek Watt blocked at Wisconsin.
“He was hoping they could get me there,” Derek Watt said of 2015 first-rounder Melvin Gordon. “He was extremely happy and looking forward to me being back out there with him. . . . He’s definitely an extremely talented guy. He’s got a year under his belt now so I think that definitely helps him out. I’m going to go out there and try to help him do everything I can. We’re going to pick up right where we left off, I think.”
That would be great news for Gordon, who didn’t rush for 100 yards once in 2015 and who averaged 3.5 yards per carry.
“We already know how each other kind of thinks and what each other sees,” Derek Watt said. “We’ve been in the same meetings, we’ve been involved in the same plays and we communicate what we see on the field to each other. He’ll tell me if he thinks I should have done something differently or if he saw something other than what I saw, and I’ll do the same. I’ll tell him, ‘Hey, I thought you could have done this or that.'”
Coach Mike McCoy seems to think that having a true fullback will help, but that it’s won’t magically improve the quality of the team’s running game.
“You could very easily argue, ‘Eliminate that guy and he should be able to see better,'” McCoy said, via the AP. “It’s a matter of everybody doing their jobs better, and I’ll say, committing to the run more. Running the ball more.”
Whether the Chargers will be able to run the ball or otherwise move it against the Texans in Week 12 could depend on whether Derek Watt or anyone else on the field wearing lightning bolts on his helmet is able to neutralize Derek Watt’s big brother.