Texans Safety Kareem Jackson Discusses Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt

Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt suffered season-ending injuries last season, but both are back, healthy and ready for 2018

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October 30, 2018 - 9:00 am

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The Houston Texans finished 4-12 last year, this after J.J. Watt (broken leg) and Deshaun Watson (torn ACL) suffered season-ending injuries. But Watt and Watson are back, healthy, and ready to go.

“He’s looking pretty good,” Texans safety Kareem Jackson said of Watt on Tiki and Tierney. “Obviously he’s healthy now. I’m not really sure how he feels. I haven’t really had that discussion with him. But just from the outside looking in, he’s been looking pretty good. He’s been working hard. Everybody knows what type of guy he is. He prides himself on doing the work that he put in off the field. I’m just looking forward to seeing him back out there, seeing him back out there a full go and healthy. That will definitely make us that much better on defense.”

Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, has played in just eight games since 2015. Watson, meanwhile, dazzled as a rookie before tearing his ACL during practice last November. Watson threw for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for 269 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

“He’s looking good, moving around, he’s out there with the guys – it’s definitely great to have him out there,” Jackson said. “With him being a leader of our team at such a young age, he carries himself like he’s been here nine or 10 years. He’s looking real good. We’re excited to have him back out there.”

The Texans have made the playoffs in four of the last seven seasons, including two of the last three, and have one of the most talented rosters in the league. Still, Houston often takes a back seat to the Patriots, Steelers, Eagles, and Rams, among others, when it comes to preseason expectations and chatter. Jackson doesn’t know why that is.

He doesn’t care, either.

“Being the underdog, that’s who we are,” he said. “But at the end of the day, none of that stuff matters to us. It’s going to be who goes out and puts the work in to be where they want to be when it comes time to get into the playoffs. The only thing on our minds is just going out and getting better each and every day.”

The Jaguars won the AFC South last season, finishing with double-digit wins and making the playoffs for the first time since 2007. While many consider Jacksonville the favorite to repeat as division champions, anything can happen.

“Every year poses its challenges,” Jackson said. “They got to come out and repeat what they did last year. They’re going to have to duplicate the same thing they did last year. It’s a new season. There’s new faces on every team. Nobody can sit and say what they did last year. They didn’t win the Super Bowl or anything like that. They had a good year, don’t get me wrong. But at the end of the day, they got to go out and they got to duplicate it again. 

“So for us, like I said, it’s just going out and getting better each and every day,” Jackson continued. “All the preseason polls, all the records and stuff from last year don’t matter. It’s a new season, a new team. You got to strap it on this year, and you got to show us.”

The Texans play three of their first four games on the road, including a Week 1 matchup with the Patriots in Foxboro. Kickoff on Sept. 9 is slated for 1 p.m. ET.