J.J. Watt thinks bug-eating teammate will be “Hard Knocks” star

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With HBO’S “Hard Knocks” choosing to document the Texans this year, it’s clear that defensive end J.J. Watt is going to get a lot of attention.

But Watt’s hoping for some more notoriety for center Ben Jones, who could also steal the show.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Jones “will eat or drink just about anything on a dare,” which makes him incredibly popular with teammates.

“I think Ben’s going to be a big winner,” Watt said. “I think there’ll be plenty of storylines following him because of his escapades – some of the things he eats, some of the things he does. Just Ben Jones being Ben Jones, so I think that’ll be great.”

Young players who exist on the fringes will often do what their elders ask, and all the spare time and spare money some of these guys have lead to some pretty unusual chances to supplement their income.

(Which reminds me of former Panthers backup offensive lineman Louis Williams, who was able to buy a motorcycle with the money he made eating mayonnaise and bugs and a lot of other stuff on dares from Todd Steussie and Kevin Donnalley.)

That kind of color is what HBO and NFL Films are looking for, which could make the Texans surprisingly entertaining.

“You’re a little different between the lines than you are off the field,” Watt said. “That’s what makes great players great.

“I think you’ll see a little bit different side. You may have to choose your vocabulary a little more wisely, though.”

And your diet, apparently.