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J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans is widely regarded as one of the NFL’s best defensive ends, if not the best. Everyone knows that Watt is a tremendous athlete and that’s he’s even a pretty good hockey player and can fly on skates. So it should be no surprise that he could play offense in the NFL as well if he wanted to.
This is exactly what happened at the Texans vs. Raiders game on Sunday – Watt lined up at tight end and the Riders apparently forgot to cover him, or simply didn’t bother. What happened surprised not only the Raiders but probably Watt himself too.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a one-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Watt who brought it in with ease, giving Houston a 7-0 lead.
And although it was his first official NFL catch, it was not the first in Watt’s overall football career. As we quickly learned from Twitter, Watt caught eight passes as a TE at Central Michigan.