J.J. Watt topped PFF's defensive line rankings in Week 3

J.J. Watt didn’t have a monster game on the stat sheet in New England, but his performance in the Week 3 loss to the Patriots earned the Houston Texans star defensive end the top grade of any interior defender by Pro Football Focus.

Watt notched five solo tackles, including three for loss. He did not record a sack or participate in any takeaways, but No. 99 did officially hit quarterback Tom Brady twice.

The interior defender moniker applies to Watt even though he’s an end in Mike Vrabel’s 3-4 defense because he lines up almost exclusively between the inside shoulders of the offensive tackles. Being lauded by PFF is no new development for Watt, who notched some of their highest-ever full season scores during his rampage through the league prior to his injured 2016 effort.

Being lauded by PFF is no new development for Watt, who notched some of the analytical charting service’s highest-ever full season scores during his rampage through the league prior to his injured 2016 effort. His Week 3 honor proves that he can make a big impact even without recording a sack.

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