JJ Watt impresses...catching passes

August 12, 2013 6:01:20 PM PDT
Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt took the night off Friday in Minnesota, so maybe he did what he did Monday just so we wouldn't forget that he really is capable of doing just about everything on a football field.

The Texans defensive end, the defensive MVP of the league, put on a show on the juggs machine used by the Texans receivers, catching with two hands easily and 1 hand when required.

I've covered NFL running backs who can't catch passes out of that machine. But Watt can. So how long until #99 lines up on offense?

"I don't know. He's kind of small so he might sneak in there," said Texans quarterback TJ Yates. "Put a different jersey on him. He's not eligible right now."

Schaub out of camp; Swearinger's confidence still intact

Matt Schaub missed Monday's workout to deal with a death in his family and linebacker Brian Cushing is still sick. That means more opportunities for the backups as the Texans work to clean up some of the issues that are always part of preseason Game 1. The most glaring mistake belonged to second round draft pick DJ Swearinger on the missed tackle that led to a Zach Line touchdown.

The good news Monday is that Swearinger's confidence is fully intact. He told us the coaches still gave him a good grade for his first NFL game.

Swearinger knows he can do better and his coach knows his safety will be a sure tackler down the road.

"Yeah, as a matter of fact that's the strength of his game," said Texans Coach Gary Kubiak. "That's something you're always concerned about, anytime you play the first game when you don't take people to the ground. So we can obviously tackle better and the DBs had a lot of drills today to work on that. But he has been a good tackler."

"I've got to break down and make that tackle any given day. Nine times out of 10, I've got to make that tackle," said Swearinger. "One of my old coaches always said your biggest improvement is from your first to your second game. So I'm looking to not have any MA's (missed assignments) and missed tackles and just go all 100 percent."

From Day 1, Swearinger has acted like he belonged here.

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