Before attending the University of Wisconsin in 2008, J.J Watt was a part of Central Michigan’s football team. He play at the tight end position, catching eight balls for seventy seven yards. But he really didn’t make as big of an impact on the offensive side of the ball as he did on the defensive side. He made his mark chasing down the opposing quarterback, and that’s what earned him the title of the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year for 2012.
From an article on Sports Illustrated,
Watt can’t forget what it feels like to catch passes, and he’s been bugging Texans head coach Gary Kubiak about it. The recipient of one incomplete pass from Peyton Manning in the most recent Pro Bowl has been working out on the JUGS machine, and he’s convinced that he could wreak just as much havoc on enemy defenses as he does when he’s dealing with opposing quarterbacks.
This is what Watt has had to say on the idea of playing offense for the Houston Texans, if only for a few plays.
I have fun, 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.
I’ve been lobbying since Day 1. It hasn’t worked yet, so I don’t think it’s going to work anytime soon but it’s his team … We always joke about it. It’s never anything really serious. Who knows? Maybe one day.
It would be interesting to see J.J Watt play offense, he would be very intimidating. However, from a coaching standpoint, I can understand Gary Kubiak’s decision to keep him on defense for now. I wouldn’t want to risk an injury to one of the best defensive players in the league.