By: Nick Scurfield via HoustonTexans.com
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
had a team-high five tackles, 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one
fumble recovery in the Texans' 27-7 victory at Jacksonville in Week 2.
The Texans limited the Jaguars to 117 yards of total offense, a new team
“He’s exceptional," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of
Watt. "He’s factoring in the game just incredible, whether it’s a tipped
ball, getting a turnover, a sack. He’s such a big-play guy... He’s had
two as good of outings as you could possibly have.”
games, Watt ranks second in the NFL and is tied for the AFC lead with
three sacks. He's tied for third in the league with five passes
defensed, trailing two defensive backs. The Texans have allowed an
NFL-low in points per game (8.5), yards per game (196.0) and passing
yards per game (124.0).
This is the first weekly NFL award of Watt's
NFL career. The second-year pro from Wisconsin was a PFW/PFWA All-Rookie
selection last season, when he had 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a team-high
7.0 tackles for loss and four passes defensed. Watt tied for the NFL
playoff lead with 3.5 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown
in the Wild Card round against Cincinnati.
The last Texans player to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors was safety Glover Quin,
then a cornerback, in Week 12 of the 2010 season. The last Texans
defensive lineman to win the award was Mario Williams in 2007.