Breaking news: J.J. Watt is a really good athlete. But he's not just an athletic defensive end. He's a freakshow, the type of guy who led a really good Wisconsin Badgers teams in pass deflections as a defensive lineman.
Want a non-football example? Just look at his throwing form on the mound for the Astros:
So it should be no surprise that Watt now wants to play offense. Or at least be included on offense -- he's spent time on the JUGS machine in Texans practice recently and, when asked about it, said he's just working on "being an athlete."
“It's just about being an athlete," Watt said. "I have fun, catching balls is fun, just doing whatever you can to be an athlete, working on hand-eye coordination, and the little things. It never hurts to be able to catch a football."
So does he actually want to be included in offensive plays? Why yes, yes he does, and he's been asking coach Gary Kubiak about it "since day one."
“I've been lobbying since day one," Watt said. "It hasn't worked yet, so I don't think it's going to work anytime soon but it's his team."
For Kubiak's part, he doesn't deny that Watt could do some damage on the offensive end.
“He probably can do anything he wants to do," Kubiak said.
And it's something that Kubiak, an offensive mind by trade, has actually talked about. Specifically, he mentioned a three tight-end "Wisconsin" set that the Texans could use on the goal line.
“No, we've talked about it actually," Kubiak said. "We talked about a Wisconsin package with him and [TE Garrett Graham) and [TE Owen Daniels] in the game on the goal line. I don't know what part of the Wisconsin package he would play, but we'll see.”
Kubiak was also asked about Watt lining up at wideout during the Pro Bowl this past season, which is something that our friend Doug Farrar managed to break down on film over at SI.com's Audibles. And Kubiak didn't like it either.
“No, I didn't like that personally," Kubiak said. "When I saw he was going to line up out there, that scared me a little bit. We'll let him keep getting after the quarterback and maybe we'll find him a play or two of offense down the road."
The Texans aren't really hurting for goal-line success. They have Arian Foster and Ben Tate to form and impressive ground game. But they ranked just 14th in scoring touchdowns in the red-zone last year (per TeamRankings.com) and that Wisconsin package could definitely do some damage on the goal line.
It's kind of a crazy idea, but one so crazy it just might work.