The Houston Texans already have two former Wisconsin tight ends on their roster. If superstar defensive end J.J. Watt has his way, the team will soon have a third. There is no doubt that the former Badgers All-American is a freakish athlete, and coach Gary Kubiak has admitted that he has thought about inserting him into a three tight end, “Wisconsin Package” near the goal line.
“No, we’ve talked about it actually,” Kubiak said. “We talked about a Wisconsin package with him and [TE Garrett Graham) and [TE Owen Daniels] in the game on the goal line. I don’t know what part of the Wisconsin package he would play, but we’ll see.”
Talk about teaching the NFL how to Bucky.
As for Watt, the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder has been putting in work on the JUGS machine, catching passes just in case.
“It’s just about being an athlete,” Watt said. “I have fun, catching balls is fun, just doing whatever you can to be an athlete, working on hand-eye coordination, and the little things. It never hurts to be able to catch a football.”
It definitely doesn’t hurt, especially when you are trying to impress a coach. Watt candidly admits that he has been trying to lobby for time on the offensive side of the football “since Day 1.”
“I’ve been lobbying since day one,” Watt said. “It hasn’t worked yet, so I don’t think it’s going to work anytime soon but it’s his team.”
Don’t kill those offensive dreams quite so quickly, Mr. Watt. Kubiak has, as mentioned previously, admitted to thinking about his Wisconsin Package, but there’s more to it than that.
If anyone understands the capabilities and limitations of his team, it is the head football coach. That is what he is paid millions of dollars to do.
In this case, Kubiak does not believe Watt is limited by very much.
“He probably can do anything he wants to do,” Kubiak said.
Does that mean he could play offense in 2013? We’ll all just have to wait and see.