NFL Rumors: J.J. Watt not a star player anymore; 2016 stats scary for Houston Texans

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Photo courtesy: Eyton Z/Flickr.com, J.J. Watt and Derek Newton back, working hard after injury, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are worried that their star defensive player, J.J. Watt, is not performing as well as he had in his first five seasons in the league. There are NFL rumors that the star pass rusher is suffering from an injury or that his offseason surgery will affect his play for the rest of his NFL career.

A recent observation from Pro Football Focus (PFF) claims that Watt has played the worst part of his NFL career in the first three weeks of the 2016 NFL regular season.

“After returning from offseason surgery, Houston DE J.J. Watt hasn’t been the same force we have come to expect,” Sam Monson stated in an PFF article.

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“The Texans have been able to overcome that so far this season because of the play of Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney, who have both been on a tear, but the Patriots effectively shut down all three.”

Through three games, Watt eight combined tackles and 1.5 sacks. He averaged 74.2 tackles and 14.5 QB sacks per season in his first five years with the Texans.

The Texans are coming off a 27-0 shutout loss to the 3-0 New England Patriots last Thursday. They are 2-1 for the season winning against the Chicago Bears, 23-14 and Kansas City Chiefs, 19-12.

“What is worrying for Houston is that they are now three games into the season without having seen the real J.J. Watt, and the Texans have to be asking themselves how long it will take him to get back and firing on all cylinders,” Monson added.

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The Texans will face the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts in their next three games and Houston is hoping they get the Watt, who was an MVP candidate the last two seasons.

Photo courtesy: Eyton Z/Flickr.com

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