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J.J. Watt could be just as good in 2013 as he was in 2012.
Some might expect J.J. Watt to not be as productive when faced with greater attention after his stunning 2012 campaign. Yet the Houston Texans defensive end faced plenty of double- and triple-teaming last season and still could not be stopped.
Few will succeed in corralling him in 2013 either. Watt is given license to attack single gaps by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Houston's 3-4/5-2 hybrid front is tweaked to let Watt consistently line up between guards and tackles. That is also the same position he occupies whenever the Texans field nickel or dime fronts.
From there, he is a devastating pass-rushing force. He collected 20.5 sacks last season and also led the league in tackles for loss.
Watt's initial burst, long arms and hand strength help set up and defeat blockers on almost every play. With Phillips rushing up to five players on most snaps, opponents won't be able to double Watt as often as they need to.
He could be every bit as good as he was in 2012.