Defensive end J.J. Watt has been the focal point of the Houston Texans’ pass rush since 2012, the year after his rookie season when he flashed immense potential in the AFC wild-card.
However, the 2020 defense’s pass rush may be dependent on the performance of youngsters on the roster in second-year defensive end Charles Omenihu and third-year outside linebacker Jacob Martin. In 2019, Omenihu collected 3.0 sacks while Martin tallied 3.5. The potential for more is out there.
“Obviously those guys being effective will be massive for us,” Watt told reporters on Saturday. “With our third-down package, you have to have pressure coming from all different places. You have to have guys coming up the middle, being able to put pressure on the pocket up the middle so the edges have the ability to bend the corner and get to the quarterback.”