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The Emergence of Justin Watson

See how the Chiefs receiver has stood out heading into his 5th season.


Justin Miles @justm1les                                               Chiefs Focus @Chiefsfocus

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Over this past off season, the Chiefs signed wide receiver Justin Watson to a one year contract. Watson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018 after a strong three year run with the University of Pennsylvania.

Watson was a weapon for the Quakers. In three seasons he racked up 3,280 yards and 31 touchdowns off of 244 catches. Watson struggled with injuries during his time with the Buccaneers but performed well when on the field. In 40 games with the organization he caught 23 passes for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns.

While these stats aren’t off the wall- he still was a solid role player that could catch passes and perform well when needed. The Chiefs clearly saw something and brought him in right after the 21-22 season came to a close. Watson showed out in training camp but still had not sealed the deal on a spot on the final roster. Likely in an attempt to see what he was made of, the Chiefs have been getting Watson the ball during the preseason.

Watson has been the leading receiver for the Chiefs in both preseason games thus far. He has caught 7 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, including some spectacular grabs. In a crammed receiver room, there was question if he would make the final roster. However, after the past few weeks, it sure looks like you can count Watson in ahead of the 22-23 season.

It is looking like Watson will fit nicely into our receiver room and could be a sleeper player this upcoming season. Watson is currently listed as the WR5 on the Chiefs depth chart. Keep an eye out for this player this upcoming season.  

Stats via: Pro-Football-Reference, PlayerProfiler, & ESPN


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