NFL News: Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt Appreciates Football More Than Ever, Having Fun in OTAs

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/11/17 02:24AM EDT

There is good NFL news for fans of J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. The star defensive end may have found a renewed appreciation for the sport of football. This is following his long absence last season due to a back injury that required two surgeries. 

Speaking on Up to the Minute recently, NFL Network's James Palmer shared that during a conversation with Watt this offseason, he saw how the latter talked about appreciation for football. It is not just him who witnessed the positive change in the 28-year-old. 

Palmer added that Houston's defensive line coach, Anthony Weaver, noticed that Watt was having fun during their organized team activities. Weaver believes this is the four-time Pro Bowler's way of showing appreciation for the game. He is enjoying while recovering at the same time. 

All of this is excellent news for the Texans who badly missed Watt in their previous campaign. He only saw action in three games (all starts) last season. It was the first time in his NFL career that he failed to play a full regular season. In those limited appearances, he just recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks. 

When Watt went down for the second time in the 2016 NFL season, there were retirement and trade talks that rose. Some believed he must hang the cleats for good before sustaining life-threating health issues. Others saw him as an asset Houston can use to get that much-needed starting quarterback. However, with him appreciating football more than ever and returning to a hundred percent, all these will be put to rest.

It remains unknown when Watt will again step on the field for the Texans. They have four preseason games in August before the start of the new NFL season in September. One thing may be certain though and that is he is coming back to help the team in the 2017 season. 

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