The last two seasons for Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt have been cut short in disappointing fashion by a pair of injuries that have put in question what type of player he is at this point of his career. Watt has established himself as one of the top defensive players when healthy that have a tremendous impact on the outcome of a game.

Since breaking his leg last October, Watt has been a steady road to recovery to getting back on the field at some point this offseason. All of these injuries issues over the last couple of years has helped provide more fuel to fire in terms of motivation for the 2018 campaign, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

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The 29-year-old has displayed every reason to have optimism due to his continued recovery from the injury. Keep in mind, he is just two years removed from missing 13 games in the 2016 campaign due to a pair of surgeries to repair a herniated disc. The added personal drive could only ramp up his level of focus on the field to return to playing like the player that earned three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Watt will have every opportunity to do so next season if he can prove that he has completely moved past his previous injury issues. He is in the prime of his career where should have the ability to play some of the best football of his career ahead of him on the notion that he is able to stay healthy.

Nonetheless, this is another reason for the Texans to fill encouraged that their star defensive player could be in store for a bounce-back 2018 season.