Thursday, November 8, 2012
Texans' Barwin: Watt is a unique talent
J.J. Watt, left, and Connor Barwin (98) are part of a ferocious Texans pass rush.
Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin has played with some talented players in his four years in the NFL, but he says none have the unique ability to always be around the ball like teammate and defensive end J.J. Watt.
"The biggest compliment I can give J.J. is in my four years he's probably the most instinctual player that I've been around," Barwin said Wednesday on "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" on ESPN 1000. "He just has a real knack for getting to the ball. Usually you find that with inside linebackers or safeties. You don't usually see that from a defensive tackle. But he's definitely finds a way to get to the ball almost every single snap."
Podcast: Connor Barwin
'Carmen, Jurko & Harry' talk to Texans linebacker Connor Barwin to preview the Bears-Texans game. Listen
Watt, a second-year player out of Wisconsin, leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks and will be a formidable challenge for the Chicago Bears offensive line on Sunday night when the 7-1 teams meet in prime time.
Barwin, whose Texans rank third in the NFL in total defense, allowing 285.6 yards per game, said they will approach the Bears' inconsistent offensive line just like any other.
"I know they've got some big athletic guys," Barwin said. "They've given up some pressure against some defenses, but I think every week our front seven thinks that we can get pressure on the quarterback and this week will be no different."