Derek Watt

Derek Watt

Running Back #34
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 234 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:27
Born:November 7, 1992
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 6 (198)
Draft Team:SD

Derek Watt: Set to join Steelers

Watt and the Steelers agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Watt will join brother T.J., who was a 2017 first-round pick of the Steelers. Derek Watt is still known for his blocking capabilities rather than his rushing prowess, as he attempted seven carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, and also tacked on three receptions for 32 yards throughout the 2019 season. Pittsburgh already has Roosevelt Nix (knee) on the roster, so it's likely that one of the two won't be on the roster when the 2020 season commences.

March 17, 2020 4:19 PM EST

Derek Watt: Nearly earns Pro Bowl bid

Watt attempted seven carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, and also tacked on three receptions for 32 yards throughout the 2019 season.

Analysis: While Watt was marginalized in the way of counting stats, he was a first-team Pro Bowl alternate for special teams, and a second-team alternate for fullback, demonstrating his importance to the Chargers. The 27-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

February 1, 2020 7:07 AM EST

Derek Watt: Ready to go for Week 1

Watt (shoulder) played five snaps in the preseason loss Saturday to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Watt should be full-go for the start of the regular season, but his lack of consistent playing time and marginal role in the offense makes him an unattractive fantasy option even in the deepest of formats.

August 27, 2019 11:45 AM EST

Derek Watt: Misses practice Saturday

Watt (shoulder) did not participate in Saturday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watt had just been given clearance for training camp Thursday, so it's apparent the Chargers have elected to ease their fullback back into action.

July 27, 2019 4:53 PM EST

Derek Watt: Gains medical clearance

Watt (shoulder) was cleared for training camp Thursday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Watt appears to have fully recovered after undergoing shoulder surgery in late May. The 26-year-old fullback received most of his snaps on special teams in 2018 and has never exceeded more than six carries in a season.

July 25, 2019 10:47 AM EST

Derek Watt: Rehabbing from shoulder surgery

Watt is rehabbing after undergoing shoulder surgery in late May, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's unclear when Watt sustained the injury, but he is currently without a timetable for his return. The 26-year-old saw more snaps on special teams than with the offense in 2018, and finished with four carries for 11 yards and one reception for two yards in 16 games.

June 3, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Derek Watt: Limited to special-teams role

Watt played zero offensive snaps and 26 special-teams snaps Sunday in the Chargers' 41-28 loss to the Patriots in the divisional round.

Analysis: It's been standard for Watt to receive more run on the Chargers' kick-coverage and kick-return units throughout the season, but this was the first time he was excluded entirely on offense. That was probably a byproduct of the game script more than anything, as the Chargers trailed by 28 points at halftime and had little use for a lead blocker while attempting just 10 runs on the day. Watt should return as Los Angeles' fullback in 2019, but that role won't yield him anything more than the occasional touch. Over his 18 games this season, Watt ran four times for 11 yards and gained three yards on two receptions.

January 14, 2019 10:18 AM EST

Derek Watt: Active Sunday

Watt (shoulder) is active for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Patriots.

Analysis: Watt's status is of little surprise after he was a full participant in Friday's practice session. He holds little fantasy value himself but his presence as a blocker will bode well for Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

January 13, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Derek Watt: Officially listed as questionable

Watt (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Patriots, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watt was a full participant in Friday's practice after having been limited Thursday and Wednesday. The third-year fullback isn't an asset in fantasy formats, having only logged four carries during the regular season, but Watt will help open holes for Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler if he's able to suit up.

January 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

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