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“He feels like he’s ahead of schedule,” Johnson said. “He said he’s feeling fine and he’ll be ready to go for opening day.”

Watt, who earned the moniker J.J. Swatt for his knack for batting down passes, has grand plans for how Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowler, can help complement his game.

“I hope we’re going to the end zone many, many times,” Watt said. “Ed and I talk about it all the time. I want to be tipping him interceptions all the time.”

Watt has noticed a different focus among the team than it had at the beginning of the season and believes it is partly due to the disappointing way Houston finished the regular season. The Texans began the season 11-1 before losing three of their last four regular-season games, which cost them bye week and home-field advantage in playoffs.

“We definitely didn’t play up to our potential at the end of the season last year,” he said. “We just didn’t finish the season strong and that’s what we need to do.”

Houston won the AFC South title and its first-round playoff game in each of the last two seasons before losing in the divisional round. That kind of performance is unacceptable to Watt this year.

“Division championships that’s cool, but that’s old news. First-round playoff wins _ cool _ but that’s old news,” he said. “We have one singular goal.”