% chance misses at least 2 quarters
1- 17√1-% Inj/Season
Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable
Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly
|Aug 2, 2012||NFL||Arm Elbow Dislocation||Watt dislocated his left elbow in a training camp practice. He also said he tore "all the ligaments" in the joint. He missed all preseason games but played the regular season and playoffs in an elbow brace.|
|Jul 20, 2016||NFL||Back Vertebral Disc Hernia||Watt had July surgery for a herniated disc in his back. He started the regular season on time but played just 3 games before needing another surgery and landing on IR.|
|Dec 9, 2015||NFL||Hand Metacarpal Fracture||Watt broke his left hand in a Wednesday practice but missed no time.|
|Nov 29, 2015||NFL||Abdomen Muscle Tear Grade 3||Watt had a partially torn right adductor longus, a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus in his inner thighs and groin, along with partial tears in his left and right abdominals.|
|Sep 22, 2016||NFL||Back Vertebral Disc Hernia||Watt admitted to returning too soon from his July back surgery and required a 2nd that knocked him out for the year.|
|Sep 10, 2017||NFL||Hand Finger Dislocation||Watt injured his left ring finger.|
|Sep 14, 2017||NFL||Hand Finger Dislocation||Watt aggravated his left ring finger. He continued playing through the injury.|
|Oct 8, 2017||NFL||Leg Tibial Plateau Fracture||Watt missed the final 11 games on IR. He had surgery on October 9.|
|Jan 14, 2019||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Watt underwent minor knee surgery to address a knee issue that bothered him throughout the season.|
|Oct 27, 2019||NFL||Chest Pectoral Tear Grade 3||Watt suffered a torn pectoral in Week 8's win over Oakland. He underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle and missed 8 games|
The Texans might not have been willing to let Deshaun Watson leave yet, but they granted Watt's wish before free agency began. Houston granted the veteran his requested release, allowing Watt to sign a 2-year, $28 million deal with the Cardinals. And $20 million of that was fully guaranteed at signing.
Regardless of what any of us thinks 32-year-old Watt has left for this season, Arizona clearly believes it's enough. There's no denying he displayed some 2020 fall-off, however.
Watt's total pressures fell from 61 in 2019 to 45 last year, according to Pro Football Focus -- despite 190 more pass-rushing opportunities. One season, of course, does not make it a downward trend. But Watt did earn his lowest full-season pass-rushing grade since his rookie year.
A change of scenery should help. He moves from Houston's deteriorating defense -- and team on whole -- to an Arizona D that gets edge-rushing star Chandler Jones back from injury. The Cardinals also sport a pair of 1st-round picks (from the past 2 drafts) at LB. So there's enough surrounding talent to draw some focus.
Keeping Watt in the top 10 after he almost dropped out of it last season, though, is mostly a bet on him. And we wouldn't be surprised to see him outproduce even this ranking.
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