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Hard Knocks has rare footage of J.J. Watt making a mistake


When “Hard Knocks” debuts tonight, you can expect to see plenty of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

What you might not expect to see is him making a mistake.

The HBO cameras have documented something rarer than a Yeti — Watt doing something outside the bounds of excellence.

Via Peter King of, the first episode includes footage of Texans coach Bill O’Brien challenging Watt and making him run a lap after jumping offsides in practice.

“Ever since O-B got here, he’s been trying to get me to jump offsides,” Watt told a teammate. “And I haven’t jumped offsides one time. Not one single time. He talks to me about it all the time.”

Of course, that clip is juxtaposed with film of Watt taking extra work on the field after the practice, ostensibly because he couldn’t get to his cabin in the woods to work out like Rocky Balboa before the Ivan Drago fight.