Jets’ Marshall: J.J. Watt is the ‘best defensive player to ever play’

Brandon Marshall doesn't need to see any more of J.J. Watt to say he's the best defender ever.
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J.J. Watt’s resume has impressed Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall – a lot.

In just over four years in the NFL, the Houston Texans defensive end is a three-time first-team All-Pro, has been named to three Pro Bowls, and has won two AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Essentially, he’s accomplished more in four-plus seasons than some of the NFL’s best defenders have accomplished in their entire careers. There’s little doubt that he’s one of the top defensive players in the league right now, but where does he stand among the best in league history?

Marshall offered his thoughts on the topic during his weekly appearance on "Inside the NFL" Tuesday.

"I’m going to go on a limb also on this show and say he is the best defensive player to ever play in the game," Marshall said. "This guy dominates people. He dominates offenses. This guy is a monster. Not only is he disruptive in the passing game, but he’s disruptive in the running game. He can be back side of a run and still be disruptive."

The Jets got a taste of what Watt can do two weeks ago when they paid a visit to Houston. In that game, Watt recorded eight tackles, five of which were for a loss, and two sacks.

He may not be the best defender in NFL history right now, but he’s certainly on track to be in the conversation. Only the great Reggie White reached 70 career sacks (57 games) faster than Watt did (75 games).

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