ESPN’s Damien Woody: J.J. Watt, Jerry Hughes would be ‘dynamite combo’

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Count former NFL offensive lineman-turned-ESPN analyst Damien Woody as someone on board with J.J. Watt joining the Buffalo Bills.

Appearing on the morning show “Get Up” this week, Woody pegged Buffalo as the best fit for Watt. In doing so, Woody added current Bills pass rusher Jerry Hughes in his explanation. Woody said the two pairing up on the Bills’ D-line would be a devastating pass-rush combo for opposing offensive lines.

Here’s Woody’s full breakdown:

“Listen, I like Buffalo… We saw the jump that Josh Allen and that offense made last year, the defense started to come on. I think JJ Watt, at this particular point in his career, I think the interior pass rush that he would bring to the table, would be phenomenal, especially for a Buffalo Bills defense. You put him beside Jerry Hughes at defensive end? Man, that would be a dynamite combo as far as pass rushing and guys that could potentially close out a game on the defensive side of the football.”

Perhaps Woody has a point – one Pro Football Focus supports. According to the football analytics outlet, despite both Watt and Hughes recording five and 4.5 sacks in 2020, respectively, they’re both among the NFL’s best pass rushers still.

Watt, 31, graded as PFF’s No. 7 overall edge defender in 2020, while Hughes. 32, clocked in at No. 18. However, Hughes’ specific pass-rushing grade was their fifth-best overall.

That could be a dynamic duo, indeed.

On Buffalo and Watt, the latest reports suggest the Bills are perhaps one of approximately six teams that have approached him and there is said to be a level of mutual interest. Other teams also reportedly interested in Watt include the Browns, Steelers, Titans and Packers.

Stay tuned to Bills Wire for all Buffalo free agency updates, including Watt.

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