Watt eager for fresh start, family reunion in Pittsburgh

Derek Wattreuniting with younger brother T.J. has its limits. Sharing a roof for the first time since university. “Data-reactid =” 32 “> PITTSBURGH (AP) – It turns out that Derek Watt’s reunion with younger brother TJ has its limits, such as sharing a roof for the first time since university.

Pittsburgh Steelers. “My wife doesn’t want that (either). “” “Data-reactid =” 33 “>” “I know (TJ) doesn’t want that,” Derek Watt said laughing about a week after agreeing to TJ on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. ” also not. ”

Chargers‘Organization, it was not the main reason why the fullback preferred the Steelers over a handful of other interested teams. “data-reactid =” 34 “> It may be one of the few respite the two get after Derek makes a three-year deal to join TJ in Pittsburgh, while Derek admits the opportunity to share the same dressing room with TJ – something the two did in high school as well as at the university of Wisconsin – played a factor in his decision to go east with the Chargers’ organization after four years was not the main reason why the fullback preferred the Steelers over a handful of other interested teams.

“The culture they have there, the tradition they have built, I just feel it fits the way I grew up,” said Watt.

It helped that the Steelers – unlike many NFL teams – still find room on their roster for a fullback. Rosie Nix was a Pro Bowler in 2017 opening gaps for Le’Veon Bell and while Nix’s role diminished in 2019, thanks in part to ongoing injuries, Pittsburgh has long awarded a premium for versatility. In addition to working from the backfield, Watt was a standout in special teams with the Chargers and was a bit tight at the end.

While Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to go into detail with Watt about what role he expects to play, Watt understands that he should be willing to put his hand in the stack Tomlin points to him. It’s part of the territory if you’re 6 feet 2 and 235 pounds, making you the “” smallest “” brother in the Watt family.

“As a fullback in the NFL, you’d better be a guy on special teams,” Watt said. “As a fullback in the NFL, you have to play against special teams, you don’t get those replays that often in games. That’s just the nature of the sport. ”

Houston Texans. “data-reactid =” 39 “> Watt spent most of his time with the Chargers as a role player. He has 29 career touches for 201 yards and one touchdown – or one more than TJ, an external linebacker and four less than oldest brother JJ, a five-time All-Pro defensive ending for the Houston Texans.

Derek Watt admitted that J.J. is jealous that he will not be playing with his brothers, although all three could share the field this season when Houston visits Heinz Field. Although fans of Steelers J.J. on social media in which he begs to find a way to reach Pittsburgh, because for now, they’ll have to settle for two-thirds of the NFL’s first family.

“Bring all three of us together, the trilogy, that would be something special,” said Derek Watt. I’m not the big sexy signing that J.J. probably, but i intend to do everything in order not to disappoint those fans. ”

Ben Roethlisberger for the season during the halftime of week 2. “data-reactid =” 42 “> Watt is taking part in an offense that will try to restore normal feelings in 2020. Pittsburgh somehow managed to get a Set 8-8 record in 2019 despite losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season at half-time from week 2.

Roethlisberger, who turned 38 earlier this month, is on track for a full recovery from right elbow surgery, and Watt’s arrival gives the team slightly more flexibility offensively.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn compared Watt to Dallas Clark, who started his NFL career as a hybrid fullback / tight-end at Indianapolis before becoming one of Peyton Manning’s favorite playmakers.

“It’s been lying around,” said Watt. Dallas Clark was an incredible player, to be called in the same sense, is very humiliating. ”

James Conner. That’s all he’s focusing on after his brief courtship with the Steelers. Watt said his agents initially downplayed Pittsburgh’s interest, perhaps fearing he would make an emotional decision rather than a sensible one. “Data-reactid =” 46 “> It’s something to hurry up, although Watt will almost certainly start his time in Pittsburgh lining up behind Roethlisberger and possibly paving the way for James Conner to run back. That’s all which he is targeting after his brief courtship with the Steelers. Watt said his agents initially downplayed Pittsburgh’s interest, perhaps fearing he would make an emotional decision rather than the sensible one.

Turns out he ended up doing both.

While eager to get to Pittsburgh, Watt is trying to keep his off-season routine as normal as possible for now, although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a modest adjustment. The Watts usually get together with other former Wisconsin players at this time of year. But the group of 8 to 9 turned out to be too big, so the Watts retreated to J.J.’s place, lifting weights in a shed and going through conditioning exercises in the grass.

In some ways, it is the same as ever.

“We’re teammates,” said Watt. “We always compete and try to make each other better. ”

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