Last season, first-round draft pick J.J. Watt enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, recording 5½ sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 passes defensed, and even blocked a field goal for the Texans.
The 23-year-old defensive end can do it all, and his merits have earned him the highest possible praise from Houston's defensive boss.
Following Monday's training camp practice, coordinator Wade Phillips gushed over the potential of Watt, who he foresees going on to have a Hall of Fame career.
“He’s going to be a bust — not a first-round bust but a bust in the Hall of Fame,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, via the Houston Chronicle. “The only players I’ve seen that can do what he can do with his intensity can be found in Canton.”
Phillips said Watt reminds him of Hall of Famer Howie Long, the longtime Raiders defensive end who shared similar attributes.
“I’ve seen a lot of guys, and I compare him to Howie in that he has the same quickness to beat (offensive) linemen off...