Make that five touchdowns this season for the Texans’ J.J. Watt, the defensive end with a nose for the end zone. His latest — and third TD catch — came Sunday on a 1-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston’s 45-21 win over the Titans.
How can I put Watt’s feat in perspective? Maybe this way:
RUNNING BACKS WHO HAD 350 TOUCHES IN A SEASON AND FEWER THAN 5 TDS
|1998||Barry Sanders, Lions||343-1,491||37-289||380||4|
|2009||Steven Jackson, Rams||324-1,416||51-322||375||4|
|2003||Curtis Martin, Jets||323-1,308||42-262||365||2|
|2005||Reuben Droughns, Browns||309-1,232||39-369||353*||2|
|1994||Jerome Bettis, Rams||319-1,025||31-293||350||4|
*Includes five kickoff returns.
Or maybe this way:
RECEIVERS WHO HAD 85 CATCHES IN A SEASON AND FEWER THAN 3 TDS
|2001||Keyshawn Johnson, Bucs||106||1,266||1|
|2013||Kendall Wright, Titans||94||1,079||2|
|2009||Jason Witten, Cowboys||94||1,030||2|
|1985||Art Monk, Redskins||91||1,226||2|
|2013||Harry Douglas, Falcons||85||1,067||2|
|2007||Donald Driver, Packers||82||1,048||2|
|1998||Michael Irvin, Cowboys||74||1,057||1|
|1996||Henry Ellard, Redskins||52||1,014||2|
For the record, there have been 43 1,000-yard backs who scored fewer touchdowns than Watt has. (I’m not talking about fewer rushing touchdowns; I’m talking about fewer total touchdowns.) There also have been 13 1,000-yard receivers who had fewer TD catches than he has.
If you weren’t impressed with Watt before, you’d darn well better be now. I mean, if this keeps up, he’ll start drawing double coverage.