Former NFL player JJ Watt recently issued a complaint on X, formerly known as Twitter, this week about league training camp footage.
Watt said on the X platform that he liked that there is a lot of video that’s made available from training camps. But his complaint centers around people drawing conclusions off watching one rep from camp that gets shared over social media.
Love seeing footage from NFL training camps, but can’t stand accounts posting video of one rep from 1v1’s and making outlandish statements.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 16, 2023
A) 1v1’s are for working on your craft/new moves.
B) Literally every player wins/loses reps every single day. One rep tells nothing.
“Love seeing footage from NFL training camps, but can’t stand accounts posting video of one rep from 1v1’s and making outlandish statements,” Watt wrote on X.
“A) 1v1’s are for working on your craft/new moves.
“B) Literally every player wins/loses reps every single day. One rep tells nothing.”
JJ Watt makes a valid point when he mentions players challenging one another in one-on-one scenarios. It is not always wise to make significant conclusions from observing a single rep because many players win or lose those bouts throughout the day. Additionally, as he claims, players take advantage of certain circumstances to experiment with new approaches.
Watt’s expectation that social media users will temper their thoughts in this era of hot takes, however, is really wishful thinking.
Watt played college football at Central Michigan and Wisconsin and was drafted by the Texans in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Despite experiencing atrial fibrillation on September 28, 2022, and having his heart shocked back in rhythm the next day, Watt committed to play in Week 4. Watt announced on December 27 that he would retire at the end of the season. In his final game against the San Francisco 49ers, Watt recorded two sacks in the Cardinals’ loss.
Watt had an impressive final season with 39 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 16 games played.
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