J.J. Watt soon to be dominating on offense?
AUG 14, 2013 12:13p ET
"I've been lobbying since day one," Watt told the Houston Chronicle. "It hasn't worked yet, so I don't think it's going to work anytime soon. But it's [Coach Gary Kubiak's] team."
At first Watt's desire to play offense was taken as something of a joke. But when you're the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, people listen.
"We might let him in there at some point," Kubiak said with a smile. "But it's not going to be anytime soon."
Watt's athletic ability is well-documented, and he began his college career as a tight end at Central Michigan. He switched to defense after transferring to Wisconsin, and his alma mater might help him earn a role in the Texans' short-yardage offense which is also named the for the Badgers.
"We've talked about it, actually," Kubiak said. "We talked about our Wisconsin package with him and Garrett (Graham) and ( Owen Daniels) on the goal line. I don't know what part fo the Wisconsin package (Watt) would play – we'll see."
The 6-5, 289-pound Watt has been known to catch footballs fired from a machine, just like the receivers do.
"It's just about being an athlete," Watt said. "Catching balls is fun. Just doing whatever you can to be an athlete, working on hand-eye coordination and the little things. It never
hurts to be able to catch a football."
Watt is hoping to join a small list of two-way players who made an impact on both sides of the ball...but the list is quite an impressive one that includes Bronko Nagurski (fullback/defensive lineman), Chuck Bednarik (linebacker/center), Sammy Baugh (quarterback/defensive back/punter), Red Grange (running back/defensive back), Lou Groza (tackle/kicker) and Jim Thorpe (any position you can name)...just to name a few.
Watt has done plenty to terrorize offenses. Now he's starting to make defensive coordinators nervous.
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