But Watt is fit again and keen to prove it, knowing that no words will be good enough until he delivers on the field, starting against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Tom Brady has said repeatedly that he hopes to play into his mid-40s.
Still, there's plenty of mystery and intrigue entering Week 1 as the Patriots now have 14 players who are new to the 53-man roster, while the revamped Texans check in with a hefty 22 newcomers. New England head coach Bill Belichick will need to call on his own not-inconsiderable defensive wizardry to subdue Watson. Brady is now under contract for the next two years and just received a potential $5 million raise for the 2018 season if he reaches some incentive marks.
"I actually didn't wear a knee brace back then", said Brady.
Two MVP candidates square off in Week 1 as Deshaun Watson leads the Texans into Foxborough to face off with Tom Brady and the Patriots. "That's where my focus is - I know we want to often times talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick to football". The Boston Herald says Brady left little doubt in terms of his intentions. I think any time you're together with people for a long period of time, relationships ebb and flow. "But to worry about a lot of (bleep) that people may say or think or feel, like I really don't care".
Watson played exceptionally well last season against the Patriots, he finished the game with a 66.67 completion percentage and a total of 301 passing yards, as well as throwing for two touchdowns. "I love being out there and the preparation, what it takes to be a great player, those things are still very enjoyable for me and there's no place I'd rather be Sunday afternoon than 1 o'clock playing here and playing well". So I don't think that will be as much of an unknown with him as how to stop him. "They're not going to believe me and they're not going to care until I step on that field and prove it for real. But, I'm going with the Packers to win over the Bears at home".
JJ Watt, the defensive end for the Houston Texans is making the rounds in front of the microphone with kid reporters or gracing the front cover of a magazine.
Clowney has faced the Patriots four times since the Texans made him the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, totaling 17 tackles and four sacks.
And finally, there's Watt, who also played at 11 different positions in his last fully healthy season in 2015, and even took a few snaps at tight end.
"From the time that he arrived here. he had really good poise, very smart guy", O'Brien said. "I feel like I have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge and I plan to use it".