Throughout the last several years, J.J. Watt has emerged as one of the league’s top players. Watt has also become one of the prominent leaders in the Houston Texans’ locker room behind his play and leadership ability. With that in mind, the four-time Defensive Player of the Year has voiced his disappointment in one of his teammate’s recent actions.
Texans fall to 0-2 after Week 2 loss to the Ravens
The Texans entered Week 2 action hoping to secure their first win of the season but fell short yet again.
Another Super Bowl contender outmatched Houston in the AFC as the Ravens cruised their way toward a comfortable 33-16 road victory. Reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson had his way with the Texans defense as he had an efficient performance. Jackson passed for 204 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 54 yards on 16 carries.
It wasn’t a dominant performance, but one anchored by the Ravens’ running game that piled up 230 rushing yards. Houston played from behind throughout the contest, which saw them fall short in the fourth quarter. It also featured a disappointing play that caught J.J. Watt’s attention in a negative light.
J.J. Watt blasts rookie Ross Blacklock for late-game ejection
Over the last several years, J.J. Watt has embraced his leadership role with the Texans. It has led to him becoming one of the most prominent voices around the franchise positively and constructively.
A disappointing situation caught his eye during the Week 2 action as teammate rookie Ross Blacklock was ejected from the game late in the fourth quarter after being penalized for unnecessary roughness. Following the Week 2 loss to the Ravens, Watt didn’t hold back as he called Blacklock’s actions “selfish” and “stupid.”
“Stupid. Selfish. It was a stupid play. It was selfish. I’ve spoken to Ross before. It pisses me off. It’s a selfish move, late in the game…it’s dumb. Very dumb to hurt your team in that type of setting for no reason.”
The Ravens may already had the game in hand, but Blacklock’s actions gave his team’s opponent a first down in the red zone. It’s something that can only hurt a franchise’s chances of securing a win. It’s quite rare for Watt to call out any teammate for his actions publicly. It also speaks to how much Blacklock is valued to the organization.
He was taken with the 40th overall pick in this year’s draft, which was the selection the Texans received as part of the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Watt’s words hold plenty of weight and should result in Blacklock taking steps toward avoiding those situations in the future.
Texans hoping to bounce back in Week 3
It hasn’t been the start to the 2020 season that the Texans hoped to have, especially after their busy offseason.
Houston has struggled on both sides of the ball through the first two games, which they rank 27th with 18.0 points per game and fifth-worst allowing 33.5 points per contest. They have a challenging task ahead in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have moved to an encouraging 2-0 start. The Texans will go against one of the league’s best defenses while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to improve his play each week.
If Houston hopes to garner their third straight playoff berth, avoiding a 0-3 start to the 2020 season is necessary. Much of that will lie on Deshaun Watson’s shoulders to guide the franchise forward in the right direction.