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Known now as J.J. "Swat," the young defensive tackle from Wisconsin has been an absolute terror for opposing offenses. Watt's nickname comes from his incredible ability to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage.
He has eight passes defended, which is the same as CB Patrick Peterson, and he trails only names like CB Richard Sherman, CB Tramon Williams, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. In fact, Watt is the only non-defensive back among the top 35 NFL players in passes defensed. And this is his impact when he doesn't get to the quarterback!
Through seven weeks, Watt has been nearly unblockable, registering a league-leading 9.5 sacks. Watt is on pace for 22 sacks, half a sack less than Michael Strahan's NFL record 22.5-sack season in 2001. Let's remember that Watt is putting up these numbers as a 3-4 defensive end taking on double teams, not a pass-rushing defensive end in a 1-on-1 situation.
The added run responsibilities Watt is charged with make his disruptions of opposing quarterbacks that much more impressive.
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