WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (FOX 26) - On the first day of training camp for the Houston Texans at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the focus was on Deshaun Watson and his fellow quarterbacks, but defensive end J.J. Watt also discussed his willingness to help the families of Santa Fe High School shooting victims.
Watt also joked about his honorary doctorate.
With a dynamic Watson on offense and a healthy Watt and Whitney Mercilus returning to the defense, the Texans could be in position to get back into the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. The Texans scored at least 33 points in Watson's final five starts and then went 1-8 after his season-ending injury during practice. Keeping Watson healthy will be necessary it the Texans are going to rebound.
Another positive for the team was the continued improvement of 2014 top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. The defensive end finished second in the NFL with career-high 21 tackles for losses and his 9 1/2 sacks, 21 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles were also career bests. He had career-high 59 tackles and started all 16 games for the first time in his career after struggling with injuries in first two NFL seasons before playing 14 games in 2016.