J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans doesn’t believe there are 34 better NFL players than him — or at least that’s the way most people interpret Watt’s characterization of the NFL Network’s player rankings as “a joke.” Watt found himself at #35, a 32-spot drop from the #3 spot he held last year. It’s obviously a question of what have you done for me lately — since Watt played just three games last season due to an injury. (At least Watt had that reason; QB Cam Newton dropped from #1 to #44. He was injured too, yet finished the season anyway.)
I played 3 games… this list is a joke. https://t.co/KnKDX1p816
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 6, 2017
Watt is projected to be healthy this year and he’ll have ample opportunity to seek out those 34 players and deliver some extra on his hits. Watt’s ranking reminds sports fans of that time, before his last season, that ESPN’s #NBArank project decided Kobe Bryant was the 93rd best player in the NBA. Bryant was on the cusp of retirement, of course, but finding 92 NBA players that were better than Kobe would talk 100 Sherlock Holmes. Three years before his #93 rank, Kobe held the #6 position in the 2012-13 season.