JJ Watt has been one of the top defensive players in the NFL since making his debut back in 2011. The first-round pick has been with Houston Texans for the entirety of his NFL career. He has made the Pro Bowl team on five occasions. However, Watt has been struggling with injuries since 2016.
Watt underwent back surgery on a herniated disc in July that year. He played just three games that season and recorded 1.5 sacks. However, he still made the NFL Top 100 list in 2017 at number 35. The following year, Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg during Week 5 of the season and was ruled out for the rest of the year.
The Texans defensive end enjoyed good health in 2018. He ended the season with 16 sacks and also made the Pro Bowl team. Watt was hit with a season-ending torn pectoral injury in Week 8 last year. However, he did make a return to the team in post-season as the Texans defeated Buffalo Bills in OT in the wildcard playoffs.
Here is what the veteran NFL defensive end had to say about his physical condition and the COVID-19 situation surrounding the 2020 NFL season.
“I mean, there’s nothing else you can do. You can’t go out, you can’t go to the movies, you can’t go to eat. So the workout program for me this offseason has been awesome because I’ve had a full offseason to do my workouts exactly how I needed to do them. I’ve been able to focus on my nutrition every single day. I’ve counted every single calorie the whole way. Basically tried to fully transform my body from the beginning of the offseason until now.
“It truly has been one of the best offseasons from a workout standpoint that I’ve ever had, and I’m very, very pleased about it. My body feels as good as it has felt since probably 2014, 2015, somewhere around there. So I’m really looking forward to getting into camp and just getting to work,” Watt told ESPN.