This Key Stat Proves J.J. Watt is Still a Top-5 NFL Pass-Rusher

Max Staley
J.J. Watt is still one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL, according to this stat.
J.J. Watt is still one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL, according to this stat. / Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Much of J.J. Watt's already-legendary career has been lost to injuries. He's missed a combined 32 games over the past four seasons. The fact that he has already been named a First-Team All-Pro five times, been selected to five Pro Bowls and won three Defensive Player of the Year awards despite missing that much time is flat-out ridiculous.

And though he may not be quite as dominant as he was at his peak, Watt proved he's still a dominant pass-rusher in 2019, despite playing just eight games.


According to Pro Football Focus, Watt recorded at least 10 pressures in three games last season, tying him with Danielle Hunter for the best such mark in the league. That he did it in just eight games, compared to Hunter's 16, is wildly impressive.

Watt actually graded out as the league's fifth-best pass-rusher among qualified players, per PFF.

So, even if he's not considered the star he was at his peak, Watt is still an extremely dominant defender when healthy. If Houston can get a full 16-game season out of him in 2020, the sky is the limit for this defense.

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