Defensive end JJ Watt (99) lines up with Leki Fotu (95) as quarterback Kyler Murray (1) watches in the background on day one of the Cardinals’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Temple. (Tyler Drake / Arizona Sports)
(Tyler Drake / Arizona Sports)
Defensive end JJ Watt has yet to play a game of football for the Arizona Cardinals, but he’s already become a fan favorite.
The 32-year-old is ranked No. 23 on the latest NFL Players Association jersey sales list.
Watt is ahead of his teammate and quarterback Kyler Murray, who has the 38th most jerseys sold.
Watt was by far the Cardinals’ biggest addition this offseason. He signed a two-year, $ 31 million contract on March 1 after playing 10 seasons for the Houston Texans.
In Houston, Watt was five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year. The Wisconsin native has led the team in overall sack count over six different seasons, four of them back-to-back (2012-15).
One problem for Watt, however, is that he has suffered serious injuries throughout his career. The Cardinals hope this trend will not continue.
Arizona placed him on the active PUP list to start training camp due to a hamstring problem after the team’s conditioning test on Tuesday.
“We obviously did the conditioning test yesterday, finished the conditioning test and then had a little hamstring pain so we’re just really smart about that,” Watt said after the team’s practice on Wednesday. .
“Obviously, being in the league for 10 years, and the most important thing I know is that it’s all about week 1. It’s about being ready for September 12 and adopting a intelligent and fluid approach to this date. “