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J.J. Watt Giving Steelers Help for Cardinals Game



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HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt (99) paces the sideline during the football game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire)

Whenever your older brother is a future Hall of Famer, you probably should take their advice. J.J. Watt has given T.J. Watt much advice about playing outside linebacker, but this week, he can give some advice about his former team. J.J. recently played for the Arizona Cardinals before retiring this offseason. While Kliff Kingsbury is no longer there, the elder Watt brother is trying to help the Steelers.

So is former Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden. Those guys were with the team last year, and that could provide the team with some insight, even though Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon and offensive coordinator Drew Petzig run a different scheme than they were in last year.

“A little bit with Markus. Obviously, my brother,” T.J. Watt said. “It’s a new staff and stuff, so it’s hard. But at this point in the season, it’s more about what we’re doing in this locker room and how we’re performing. If we’re doing everything right here, it should transition into the game.”

The Steelers defense will get a boost, too. This will be the first time since Week 1 when all of Cam Heyward, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alex Highsmith, and T.J. Watt are on the field together. So, it could signal some natural growth for the defense, who has already started to play like a top-tier unit the moment Heyward came back, and that was without their top two inside linebackers.