By Mark Lane
2019 will be the first offseason for Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt that he won’t have to rehabilitate from a season-ending injury.
Since Watt’s 2016 season was obliterated three games in due to a herniated disc, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has spent the 2017-18 offseasons recovering from injury. Now, he can focus 2019 on perfecting his game.
“I get to spend a lot less time in the training room,” Watt told reporters Tuesday after the team’s offseason workouts. “I get to just work on my craft, work in the weight room and not have to worry as much, I would say.”
After a back injury derailed his 2016 season, Watt returned in 2017 to appear in just five games before a fractured tibial plateau in his left leg sent him back to injured reserve.
“The last two years, you’re just trying to get back, hoping to be able to play and hoping that you can play at a decent level, whereas this year you get to actually focus on improving and getting better and not trying to come back from a traumatic injury,” said...