J.J. Watt trying to convince Texans to let him play offense too

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Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt has quickly become one of the preeminent defensive players in the NFL, and if it were up to him, the 2012 AFC Defensive Player of the Year would be vying for Offensive Player of the Year honors as well…or at the very least a few offensive snaps during the season.

Watt has been pestering head coach Gary Kubiak since Day 1 to be included in the Texans’ goal-line packages. So far his lobbying hasn’t worked on Kubiak, but Watt doesn’t plan on quitting.


“Whatever I can do to help the team win, I will do,” Watt, who was The Associated Press’ Defensive Player of the Year last season after registering a league-best 20.5 sacks, said Tuesday.

“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,” he said.

“It’s just about being an athlete. 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.”

Watt signed with Central Michigan as a tight end before transferring to Wisconsin, so he does have some receiving experience. And while it’s not unprecedented to use defensive players in goal-line packages, don’t hold your breath waiting for Gary Kubiak to use his most valuable defensive asset on offense when he already has Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels readily available to find the end zone.