HOUSTON – There isn't much worth remembering from the Texans preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
One thing that does stand-out however is when rookie Jadeveon Clowney lined up right next to J.J. Watt on the first series of the game.
Watt came away with a sack.
"I didn't notice that he was outside of me," Watt said on Tuesday. It's just one of those things, you're playing football and some people make a bigger deal on a lot of things than it really is out there."
With all due respect to the Texans star, it is a big deal.
One of the biggest reasons the team took Clowney number one overall back in May's NFL Draft was to pair his explosiveness with that of the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.
When asked about that, Watt smiled and played it down.
"It's always nice to have the opportunity to move around a little bit and to rush from different places against different players, so I enjoy that opportunity," Watt said.
But, despite holding back on the excitement for what's to come this season, Watt did say the two have talked about playing in the NFL and #99 is always willing to share advice.
"We've talked many times. Obviously, he's a pretty good pass rusher in his own right," Watt said. "I'm always trying to help other guys out and make them the best player they can possibly be."
J.J. well knows of the challenges the NFL poses to any rookie. He had to go through them in 2011 and knows that Clowney will have his ups and downs too.
"I think it definitely does take some time, but I think that's something you can really focus on this time of year because you get so many reps at one-on-ones in practice, you get so many opportunities to pass-rush, you need to learn how to handle yourself and how to strategize against an offensive lineman," Watt said. "When you get to the level where you can do that, that's part of the fun. That's part of the fun, trying to get inside somebody's head and see what they're thinking, see what they think you're thinking, and then see what they think you're thinking and then they're thinking."
"That's part of the fun, and then you go out there and you execute, but you have to have the moves to be able to do that, so it's fun to learn."