Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt has some advice for his younger brother, Derek.
"He just told me get there, work hard, keep your mouth shut and let your stuff on the field do the talking," Derek said Friday. "Open eyes, open ears, take in as much as possible and just do whatever they ask you to do."
The younger Watt arrived in San Diego almost a week ago, ready to make an impact as the team's newest fullback (and sixth round draft pick).
"It's been good," he said. "Coach [Ollie] Wilson's awesome. He made sure we know exactly what we're doing… The older guys, the vets -- Melvin [Gordon], Danny [Woodhead], all those guys -- have been great to look up to and see how they carry themselves, in drills, in the meeting room. They've made this transition pretty smooth so far."
Friday, Derek took the field for the first time as a Charger when he participated in the team's Rookie Mini Camp.
"I think it was a good first day," he said. "We've had a few days to kind of get the playbook down, install some things and watch a few clips on film. I think it went really well for us but obviously, we've got a lot to learn."
The rookie joins former Wisconsin teammate Melvin Gordon in San Diego, whom he used to block for in college.
"What we're doing [here] on offense fits me pretty well," Derek said, of acclimating to the NFL. "They like to shift and motion, get us in different places, get the defense guessing. We're doing things I've definitely done in college and I’m used to doing so I think it will be good."
He will lean on the preparation he's gained with his two brothers when making the transition.
"We grew up real close, all three of us as brothers," Derek said. "Everything was a competition, so we always pushed each other. More recently in the offseason, we've been training, competing, pushing each other, so we have a really close relationship. We train back home in the offseason so we got some battles going there just to try and push each other and be the best we possibly can."