You see JJ's catches? Guy can catch too. Just shows what an incredible athlete he is. What he does on the field on both sides of the ball, in any position, is crazy. It's great to be out here with all these players. I'm just picking their brains, trying to learn as much as I can, and have a good time.
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By now you’ve seen or heard about Odell Beckham Jr.’s circus catch routine before games.
But did you know Houston’s All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt has one of his own? After all, the 6-foot-5, 289-pound MVP candidate is now an accomplished receiver to go along with becoming the first player in NFL history to record multiple 20-sack seasons.
Before games and practices, Watt lines up behind the goalpost and hauls in passes thrown by teammates in the end zone. And like Beckham, Watt works on one-handed grabs.
“It’s something that I feel like as an athlete, you just try and do as much as you can,” Watt told Giants.com after Thursday’s Pro Bowl practice at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. “It’s something I do before every game, actually, and in practice and stuff like that, just hand-eye coordination, athleticism. Yeah, you guys definitely have one of your own who knows how to do it well.”
Practice made perfect for both 2015 Pro Bowl players, who will square off against each other on Sunday. Watt is the active player captain of Team Carter while Beckham was taken by Team Irvin in Wednesday's draft.
In addition to recording 20.5 sacks and bringing his four-year career total to 57.0 with the Texans, Watt caught three passes for three touchdowns in 2014.
From one matchup nightmare to another, he was a fan like everyone else when Beckham made “The Catch.”
“It was incredible,” Watt said. “Just anybody who’s watching that, is a fan of the game, it’s a pretty exciting play. It’s one of the best catches of all time, no question. Just everything about it, everybody looks at the catch first, but then staying inbounds, scoring the touchdown, the penalty, everything involved with it, it was a great play. And obviously it put him on the map.”
By Dan Salomone | Giants.com | January 23, 2015