Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was trying to catch passes with his good arm a few days after dislocating his left elbow early in training camp.
He vowed to be back by opening day. He not only returned, but made a major impact, deflecting two passes that turned into interceptions in the Texans' 30-10 win over Miami.
The 6-foot-5 Watt, a first-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2011, has been a perfect fit for Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense. He started every game last season, recording 5 1/2 sacks and recovering two fumbles.
Phillips, who has coached some of the all-time pass rushers during his career, envisions great things for Watt in the future, too.