J.J. Watt up for an ESPY

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is a candidate for NFL player of the year in polling for the ESPYs.

You can find the ballot here.

He’s up against Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

It’ll be a tough slog for Watt, and NFL MVP Peterson is the likely winner.

Watt’s the lone defender, and defenders rarely outpoint guys who accumulate statistics that help fans win fantasy leagues.

During the 2012 season, I wrote about Watt’s intention of redefining the 3-4 end position, how teams will have to build and plot to slow him and whether a defensive player will ever win MVP again.

This award is hardly as important as NFL MVP or NFL defensive player of the year, which Watt won with all but one vote.

Think he’s got a chance at it?