Now that NFL training camps are under way, take a look at what's happening for the three Watt brothers, Pewaukee High School graduates J.J. (Houston Texans), Derek (Los Angeles Chargers) and T.J. (Pittsburgh Steelers).
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- Derek's Los Angeles Chargers lost Aug. 20 to the New Orleans Saints in a preseason game, 13-7. Watt didn't show up with any stats in the box score, but he is the lone fullback on the team's depth chart.
- TJ is looking more and more like the starter in Pittsburgh, and he has a big fan in former NFL All-Pro and current Steelers coach Joey Porter. "I mean he’s a young guy, mentally who has a grasp of the defense. So he’s not out there thinking about his assignment. He can say, ‘OK, I know what I am doing, how can I beat this guy?’ So he can go in with a game thinking of ‘what move am I setting him up for’, instead of you get some guys who say, ‘Oh, man, what do I have? What do I have? Am I going the right way?’"
- In a 17-3 win over Atlanta on Saturday, TJ struggled a bit against starting left tackle Jake Matthews, but he still made four tackles.
- J.J made his first tackle when he took down New England's Rex Burkhead in the backfield on Saturday. "It's just a couple plays here, a couple plays there, just getting the toes wet a little bit, just getting started," Watt said to the Houston Chronicle. "Just really showing glimpses here and there of what's possible. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's a great feeling. It's just a glimpse. There's a lot of things I've been working on for a very long time."
- J.J. played sparingly as the team nurses him back to full strength in time for the Sept. 10 opener.
- J.J. was profiled in the Camp Randall 100 series that looks at 100 influencers in the 100-year history of the stadium in Madison, with a new one revealed each day leading up to the Sept. 1 Wisconsin Badgers opener.
- After T.J. Watt opened his Steelers career with two sacks in his first preseason game, older brother J.J. got the news in a memorable way, when hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar sent him a text about it. We're guessing he's not the only celebrity in J.J.'s cell-phone contacts.
- More importantly, it was a whale of a debut for T.J. His sacks came on the first four defensive plays of the game against the New York Giants.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted that T.J. gives the Steelers some options at linebacker.
- J.J. saw the field for five plays and noted it was good to be back in his team's preseason opener against Carolina. J.J. hasn't played since Week 3 of last season before a back injury cost him the rest of the year.
- Derek Watt did not dress (precautionary) for the Los Angeles Chargers preseason opener.
- Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien is on record saying J.J. Watt will play in the team's preseason opener Wednesday against the Carolina Panthers.
- Bolts From the Blue, a blog dedicated to the Los Angeles Chargers, gives a full breakdown of Derek Watt.
- One round of drills was all it took for TJ Watt to impress his new Steelers teammates.
- When you've achieved the level of celebrity J.J. has, even a good-natured tweet can become a national story. Such was the case over the weekend when he noted that teammate D.J. Reader doesn't believe dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Watt might have inadvertently created a social media firestorm for the Texans defensive tackle.
- The bigger story with J.J., of course, is his health. A year after back surgeries cost him almost his entire season, Watt is back and ready to contribute for one of the league's best defenses, leading the way along with Jadeveon Clowney. One former coach said J.J. looks "phenomenal" this year.
- After missing a year, J.J. may no longer be the league's premier defensive end — at least if you ask one metric. Perhaps silly (but taken seriously by many), popular video game Madden NFL '18 rates Los Angeles Rams powerhouse Aaron Donald as the league's best with a 99 rating, while Watt boasts a mere 98.
- Derek, T.J. and J.J. also happen to be the only three football players under contract by Reebok after the younger brothers joined J.J. as pitchmen.
- As you'd expect, comparisons will be made between T.J. and J.J. as T.J. preps for his rookie season with the Steelers. He was the franchise's first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, taken 30th overall, and he has already talked about the lessons he's learned from his older brother.
- Rumors circulated suggesting T.J. or J.J. was the buyer of the multi-million dollar Knollward Mansion on Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc, but they were untrue.