J.J. Watt missed the majority of the last two seasons.
In 2016, he had two surgeries on his back.
In 2017, he broke some weird bone in his leg.
In 2018, he has been strong and healthy so far. There were concerns regarding his durability, and there still are; these concerns will always reside in everyone’s mind. Right now, Watt is incurably healthy. In the first two weeks of the Texans’ 2018 season, he was great in the run game and started to show some pass rushing ability in the second half against New England. Against the Giants in Week Three, he was a supernova. He had two sacks and a forced fumble. He followed that up by producing a similar line against the Colts last week.
This season, Watt has 14 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 6 tackles for a loss. His return to dominance has been rewarded and recognized. Now, a day after Jadeveon Clowney was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.
Defensive Players of the Month (September):— NFL (@NFL) October 4, 2018
AFC: @HoustonTexans DE @JJWatt
NFC: @ChicagoBears LB @52Mack_ pic.twitter.com/UOTGHGyWCT
#Texans DE @JJWatt has won six Player of the Month awards in his NFL career, which is tied for the most by any defensive player in NFL history (Bruce Smith) and tied for the fourth-most overall. Only Tom Brady (10), Peyton Manning (eight) and Aaron Rodgers (eight) have won more. pic.twitter.com/r8jVy2LOn9— Texans PR (@TexansPR) October 4, 2018
His return to offensive destruction has been the best part of the 2018 season. Now just go get yourself three more, J.J.