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09/15/14 - DE J.J. Watt scored the second touchdown of his four-year career against Oakland, but it wasn't on defense. As a rookie, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in a wild-card playoff victory over Cincinnati. Watt scored the Texans' first touchdown against the Raiders when he played tight end and was wide open in the end zone for a perfect 1-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I'm fortunate my team put enough trust in me to put me out there," he said. "Any way you can help the team win. It's been a little while." That was Watt's first offensive touchdown since his senior year of high school.
09/14/14 - DE J.J. Watt caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first quarter of Houston's 30-14 victory Sunday against the Raiders. It was Watt's first career NFL catch and his second touchdown. He returned an interception for a touchdown during a playoff game against Cincinnati in the 2011 season. Watt, who caught his first TD pass since high school, said he didn't even lobby his coaches very much to play tight end. "I've done that in the past, and it's never really worked," Watt said. "I thought they were teasing me when they were first talking about it, but we put it in and it works in a game. To have a chance to score a touchdown in an NFL game on the offensive side of the ball is something that's pretty darn cool for me."
09/11/14 - DE J.J. Watt didn't practice on Thursday because of a virus but will start against the Raiders.
09/07/14 - DL J.J. Watt recorded five hits on Redskins QB Robert Griffin, plus two tackles for loss and a sack while also recovering a fumble, batting down a pass and blocking an extra point. He was the linchpin of a disruptive unit that harassed Griffin throughout the contest and set the tone for the season by playing fast and physical.
"J.J. is a great player, and I credit out offensive line doing a good job battling with him the entire game," Griffin said. "He's a phenomenal player; they're going to make those plays every now and then. You just want to limit those."
09/02/14 - DE J.J. Watt signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension Tuesday. The deal includes a guaranteed $51,876,000, a league record for a defensive player.
"I hope the people of Houston don't mind me sticking around for a little while longer because I like it here very much," Watt said at a press conference in Houston. "I promise to do everything in my power to prove that I can earn this and to be the best player I can be.
"I want to go out there and try to (pretend) like I'm underpaid. I'm gonna work my butt off."
The previous highest-paid defender in league history was defensive end Mario Williams, who left the Texans to sign a six-year, $96 million deal with the Buffalo Bills in 2012. Williams' contract guarantees him $50 million.
"Money doesn't motivate me, greatness does," Watt said. "I'm so fortunate I don't have to worry about the money, so I can focus on the greatness."
Watt was set to make $1.9 million this year before reworking his contract. The new pact starts in 2016 and runs through 2021.
Texans owner Bob McNair said rewarding the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year with a rich deal made sense.
"We normally wouldn't do this at this stage, but we just felt his performance had been so outstanding, his attitude so great, his work ethic, he's such a role model for everyone on our team that we felt that he deserves special consideration and that's why we agreed to look at this situation," McNair said. "And then when you look at his performance."
The 11th overall draft pick in 2011, Watt started all 48 games through his first three NFL seasons. He recorded 5.5 sacks as a rookie, then 20.5 in 2012. He had 10.5 sacks last season, when he also forced four fumbles for the second year in a row. Watt's combined total of 31 sacks in 2013 and 2014 leads the league.