OWINGS MILLS - He's become known as "J.J. Swatt," a player with what Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron described as a "knack" for deflecting quarterback's passes.
But that's far from the only reason why Houston Texans second-year defensive end J.J. Watt is considered to be among the NFL's premier and most dynamic defensive linemen.
A strong, physical player against the run, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Watt is also a good athlete with a non-stop motor who has evolved into one of the league's top pass rushers.
His 9.5 sacks are an NFL-best and he leads NFL defensive linemen in both tackles (32) and pass deflections (eight). The eight pass deflections are twice as many as any other NFL defensive lineman. Baltimore (5-1) travels to face Watt and the Texans (5-1) Sunday in Houston.
"He's unique," Cameron said, describing Watt as "a relentless player and one of those guys you're trying to get him blocked, but he doesn't stay blocked."
Watt has at least one sack in each of Houston's last five games and multiple sacks in three of the last four games. Watt was the Texans' first round pick (11th overall) in last year's draft.
He had 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks while starting all 16 games as a rookie last season.
"He's a high motor guy," Ravens offensive lineman Bobbie Williams said. "He's a big guy, a big-framed guy that goes non-stop. You've really got to get a body on him and keep a body on him consistently at all times. And that's just it, you've got to keep somebody on him blocking him because if not he will get pressure and he will be a disruptive force."
But Houston has other players Williams said Baltimore's offensive line will need to be aware of with as well.
Outside linebackers Connor Barwin (11.5) and Brooks Reed (8.5) have combined for 20 sacks since the beginning of the 2011 season. Defensive end Antonio Smith has 8.5 sacks during that same span. The Ravens have yielded 14 sacks, tied for 10th-most in the NFL.
They limited the Dallas Cowboys to just one sack last week, but gave up four sacks during each of their two previous games.
"They have some talented pass rushers," Williams said of the Texans. "They have some guys that like to wreak havoc and get up the field. ... They're talented up front, but we just plan on going down there and executing our game-plan."