Justin Watson

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #15
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #15

Justin Watson News

Nabs three passes

Watson recorded three receptions (on four targets) for 67 yards during Sunday's 30-27 win versus the Chargers.

Analysis: Watson logged a season-high 57 offensive snaps in this contest (88 percent), which wasn't as shocking following the news that JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Mecole Hardman (abdomen) would be sidelined for the game and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) also left early and didn't return. If Toney and Smith-Schuster remain sidelined next week, Watson could be worth a look in daily fantasy and some season-long formats.

Nov 22, 2022 3:27 PM EST

Could have prominent role on SNF

Watson's in line for an expanded role Sunday against the Chargers, as Adam Teicher of ESPN reports that both JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Mecole Hardman (abdomen) will miss the game.

Analysis: Kansas City's top four wide receivers will be Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Watson, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore. Valdes-Scantling has been battling an illness this week, Moore's an unproven rookie who hasn't made much of an impact on offense and Toney has been with the team for less than a month. Watson has built up a rapport with Patrick Mahomes, albeit in a depth role, but he'll have some upside on SNF given the lack of healthy alternatives in Kansas City's high-powered passing game.

Nov 18, 2022 11:29 AM EST

Gets big snap count Week 10

Watson turned his lone target into a 12-yard reception in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: With Mecole Hardman (abdomen) inactive for the Week 10 contest and with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) exiting early, Watson played a season-high 45 snaps on offense (73 percent share). That snap count actually handily outpaced Kadarius Toney (28, 45 percent) for third among Kansas City wideouts, but Toney (four receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, two carries for 33 yards) was far more involved than Watson. Given how Toney was able to capitalize on his touches, it wouldn't be surprising if his snap count surpassed Watson's in Week 11 against the Chargers, regardless of the statuses of Hardman and Smith-Schuster.

Nov 15, 2022 12:48 PM EST

Targeted once in win

Watson failed to secure his lone target in Sunday's 41-31 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Watson was held without a catch on one target for the second straight week, playing just 14 of the Chiefs' 80 offensive snaps Sunday. With so many mouths to feed in Kansas City, the veteran wideout find himself as an afterthought in the offense behind fellow receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Juju Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman and Skyy Moore. Watson should remain out of fantasy lineups when the Chiefs host the Raiders in Week 5.

Oct 5, 2022 3:15 AM EST

Gets just one target

Watson failed to corral his lone target while playing nine snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: After recording a 41-yard touchdown reception in last week's win over the Chargers, Watson was unable to come through with a splash play Sunday while taking the field for just 15 percent of the Chiefs' snaps on offense. So long as Kansas City has all of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman available at receiver, Watson will be unlikely to find himself on the field for even a third of the Chiefs' offensive plays in most games.

Sep 27, 2022 9:11 AM EST

Logs full practice

Watson (chest) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Watson picked up a minor injury after catching a touchdown during Kansas City's 27-24 victory over the Chargers in Week 2, but it doesn't appear that it's going to hold him out of Sunday's game at Indianapolis. 50 yards and a touchdown on just three targets is efficiency that's impossible to sustain, so Watson will likely need Mecole Harman (heel) to sit out to have a path to similar numbers in Week 3.

Sep 21, 2022 2:42 PM EST

Catches first TD since 2019

Watson caught both of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 27-24 win over the Chargers, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after the game that the wideout also picked up a shoulder injury, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

Analysis: Watson's first catch of the season was a 41-yard bomb from Patrick Mahomes that cut the Chiefs deficit to three. The score marked the veteran wideouts first touchdown since 2019, when he caught 15 passes for 159 yards and two scores -- all career highs -- for the Buccaneers. Watson added a nine-yard catch at the end of the third and was pushed out of bounds by Asante Samuel. It's unclear when Watson picked up the injury, but he'll have 10 days to clear the issue before Kansas City returns to action against Jacksonville on Sept. 25.

Sep 15, 2022 9:41 PM EST

Good to go for Week 2

Watson (chest) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: The Chiefs listed Watson as a limited participant on Monday's estimated report, but he didn't encounter any restrictions when the team held a more traditional practice session Tuesday. The 26-year-old receiver is in line to play Thursday against the Chargers, after he failed to catch his only target during last Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals.

Sep 13, 2022 3:40 PM EST

Doesn't return to Sunday's game

Watson suffered a chest injury during Sunday's win over the Cardinals, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Watson failed to secure his lone target during Sunday's season opener, and he was unable to return to the game after sustaining a chest injury during the second half. His availability for Thursday's matchup against the Chargers isn't yet clear.

Sep 11, 2022 6:43 PM EST

Signs with Kansas City

Watson signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Watson underwent knee surgery in July, which cost him the start of the 2021 campaign. He was activated off the PUP list at the end of December and played 19 special team snaps against the Panthers in Week 16. However, he suffered a quadriceps injury during the contest that sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. Watson was then waived and rejoined the Buccaneers' practice squad in the middle of January. The 2018 fifth-round pick has caught 23 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns in 40 appearances across four NFL seasons -- all with Tampa Bay.

Feb 4, 2022 1:52 PM EST

Back to Buccaneers' practice squad

Watson was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver was waived by the team Saturday but he was quickly returned to the practice squad just a few days later. Watson has only appeared in one game this season, operating as a special-teams option.

Jan 18, 2022 2:26 PM EST

Waived by Tampa Bay

Watson (quadriceps) was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Watson was questionable ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Eagles, but he'll now part ways with Tampa Bay. He made just one appearance for the Buccaneers during the regular season and played exclusively on special teams.

Jan 15, 2022 1:28 PM EST

Logs full practice Friday

Watson (quadriceps) is questionable for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Eagles.

Analysis: After being limited Wednesday and Thursday, Watson logged a full practice Friday, but his status for Sunday is still up in the air. He's only made one appearance for Tampa Bay this season, but with Cyril Grayson (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) out and Antonio Brown dismissed from the team, there are certainly opportunities available for the Buccaneers' backup wideouts.

Jan 14, 2022 1:06 PM EST

Still limited at practice

Watson (quadriceps) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official website reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver was limited at practice for the second consecutive day to open the week. Watson has missed the Bucs' last two games while dealing with a quadriceps injury, but his ability to practice early in the week bodes well for his chances to play in Sunday's wild-card contest versus the Eagles.

Jan 13, 2022 2:07 PM EST

Limited practice Wednesday

Watson (quadriceps) logged a limited practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Watson missed the Buccaneers' last two games of regular season while dealing with a quadriceps injury. The wide receiver's ability to practice is a positive sign for his chances to play in Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Eagles.

Jan 12, 2022 4:39 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Watson (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Watson will be sidelined for the second consecutive contest due to the quadriceps injury. Jaelon Darden and Scotty Miller should be the depth option in Tampa Bay's receiving corps for Week 18.

Jan 7, 2022 10:11 AM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Watson (quadriceps) didn't participate in Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: Watson was sidelined for Sunday's win over the Jets and is still bothered by his quad issue ahead of Week 18. If he has a chance to play Sunday against Carolina, he'll likely need to practice in some capacity Friday.

Jan 6, 2022 12:37 PM EST

Sitting out Week 17

Watson (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The reserve wideout was able to log 19 snaps on special teams in Week 16 against the Panthers, an appearance that represented his season debut after overcoming a knee injury. However, Watson picked up a quadriceps issue in that contest that will put him right back on the shelf Sunday. He'll have one more chance to tune up for postseason play in the Week 18 regular-season finale versus the Panthers.

Jan 2, 2022 8:54 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Watson (quadriceps) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Watson played 19 snaps on special teams in his season debut last week after spending the first 15 weeks of the season on the PUP list, and he's now dealing with a quadriceps issue. If available, the 25-year-old could see more offensive action Sunday if Mike Evans (knee) or Antonio Brown (ankle) is sidelined.

Dec 31, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Activated from PUP list

Watson (knee) was activated from the PUP list Friday.

Analysis: Watson returned to practice Dec. 8 and is now ready to rejoin the active roster after missing the first 15 weeks of the campaign. The 2018 fifth-round pick caught seven passes for 94 yards in 2020 and should fill a depth role in Tampa Bay's receiving corps.

Dec 24, 2021 11:40 AM EST

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