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Thursday, October 3, 2013
49ers on Watt: 'He can ruin a game'

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – J.J. Watt is on a lot of minds at the San Francisco 49ers’ facility this week.

Trying to contain the Houston pass-rusher is Job One for the entire San Francisco offense. The reigning NFL defensive player of the year is off to another hot start, and the 49ers are bracing for their first meeting against him.

“He can ruin a game. He can ruin a game for his opponent,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “J.J. Watt is one of the top players in this league. Strong, great ability to rush the passer, gets past blocks and then on the quarterback almost immediately when he’s able to that. He’s able to run and use his length. A lot of really good things to his game.”

Watt is famous for swatting passes. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knows he must be prepared for Watt this week.

“He’s someone, if he doesn’t feel like he’s going to get to the quarterback, he’s going to jump up and try to block a pass, try to make a play any way he can,” Kaepernick said. “He’s a great effort player. So he’s going to try and make a play anywhere on the field any chance he gets.”