Justin Watson

Justin Watson

Wide Receiver #15
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 213 lb.
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 5 (144)
Draft Team:TB

Justin Watson: Buried on depth chart most of '20

Watson finished the 2020 regular season with seven receptions (11 targets) for 94 yards and compiled 19 yards on two kickoff returns across 11 games. He also logged 17 snaps but no statistics during the NFC Championship Game win over the Packers.

Analysis: The season started off encouragingly enough for Watson, considering the talent in front of him on the wideout depth chart. The third-year pro accumulated all of his stats from scrimmage for the campaign during the first three games, logging over 50 snaps in two of those contests while Chris Godwin battled multiple injuries. However, opportunity largely dried up for Watson after that point, particularly once Antonio Brown was brought aboard in late October. How much of an uphill battle the Penn product faces for a roster spot this summer largely hinges on the status of both Godwin and Brown, who are both slated for unrestricted free agency when the new league year begins in mid-March.

February 9, 2021 5:19 PM EST

Justin Watson: Healthy scratch for Week 15

Watson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Watson kicked off the year with a combined seven receptions for 94 yards over three appearances between Weeks 1 and 4. Since that point, the 24-year-old has failed to post a single catch. When active over the latter half of the season, Watson's involvement has come primarily via special teams. The Penn product is averaging 17.8 snaps per game in that department since Week 8, compared to 13 total offensive snaps over the same span.

December 20, 2020 8:53 AM EST

Justin Watson: Gets return opportunity in loss

Watson did not see a target on his one snap during the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, but he did return one kickoff for six yards.

Analysis: Watson has been buried on the depth chart in recent weeks with Tampa Bay's top duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin healthy and Antonio Brown sliding into the No. 3 role. Watson hasn't recorded a reception since Week 4 and has logged a total of 10 snaps from scrimmage over the last four contests, leaving him a complete fantasy non-factor in all formats for the time being.

November 30, 2020 9:05 AM EST

Justin Watson: Sticks to special teams Monday

Watson didn't play a snap on offense in Monday's 27-24 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: While Watson wasn't part of the offensive game plan, he should remain in the lineup after carving out a niche on special teams. The third-year wide receiver leads the team with six special-teams tackles after adding one more in Monday's loss.

November 24, 2020 12:56 PM EST

Justin Watson: Primarily limited to special teams

Watson did not log any statistics over four snaps from scrimmage during Sunday's 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The fourth-year receiver's snap count on offense was his lowest of the season, and he failed to log any offensive statistics for the fourth consecutive game as a result. Watson did see his second-highest level of participation on special teams (20 snaps), and he's seems likely to remain limited to that role unless multiple injuries strike the receiver depth chart ahead of him.

November 16, 2020 1:05 PM EST

Justin Watson: Healthy scratch Week 9

Watson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Watson now finds himself as the odd man out in a Tampa Bay receiving corps headlined by the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, with Rob Gronkowski occupying the tight end slot. Unless the Buccaneers' pass catching group suffers attrition, Watson could have a tough time earning snaps going forward.

November 8, 2020 4:12 PM EST

Justin Watson: Key onside recovery Week 8

Watson did not see any targets but returned one kickoff for 13 yards and had a key onside-kick recovery in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Analysis: Watson rather surprisingly played just five snaps from scrimmage despite the absence of Chris Godwin (finger) and Antonio Brown's (suspension) unavailability, but he put in a robust 18 snaps on special teams. Watson made a notable contribution on his final play in that capacity, as he recovered Graham Gano's onside-kick attempt at the Giants' 44-yard line with 28 second left after New York had closed to within two points. Watson's fantasy outlook for the second half of the season appears bleak absent a rash of multiple injuries at receiver for Tampa Bay, as Brown will knock all receivers on the latter portion of the positional depth chart down a notch when he makes his expected Week 9 debut.

November 3, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Justin Watson: No targets against Las Vegas

Watson was untargeted on 12 offensive snaps during Sunday's 45-20 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: Watson accumulated seven combined receptions for 94 yards between Weeks 1 and 4, but since sitting out a Thursday night loss to Chicago he's attracted zero targets over Tampa Bay's past two games. The Penn standout registered 15 receptions for 159 yards in 16 appearances for the Jameis WInston-led Buccaneers last year, and so far his seven-catch, 94-yard stat line is on a similar trajectory through seven weeks of the 2020 campaign.

October 27, 2020 5:54 PM EST

Justin Watson: No targets in return

Watson (chest) logged zero targets over 13 snaps from scrimmage in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: The third-year wideout came up empty for the first time this season in his return from a Week 5 absence. Watson had posted six receptions (on nine targets) for 88 yards over the prior two contests for which he'd suited up for, so he'll look to bounce back from this blanking in a Week 7 Sunday night battle versus the Raiders. However with the pass-catching corps now back to full health in terms of short-term injuries, Watson looks set to be relegated to the complementary role a No. 4 receiver usually fills.

October 19, 2020 5:46 PM EST

Justin Watson: Puts in full practice

Watson (chest) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Watson has missed two of the past three games, but his most recent respite appears to have done the charm as he tends to a chest injury. As for his injured position mates, Mikes Evans (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, while Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) were limited participants. Considering how the respective situations play out this week, Watson could be in line for a decent snap share Sunday versus the Packers.

October 14, 2020 2:38 PM EST

Justin Watson: Present for practice

Watson (chest) was on the field Tuesday for the Buccaneers' practice session, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay will release its first official Week 6 injury report Wednesday, so it won't be known until then whether Watson is practicing in a limited or full capacity. For what it's worth, Encina notes that Watson was donning a helmet Tuesday, suggesting the wideout will work out with the main group rather than off to the side. Watson and Chris Godwin (hamstring) both sat out the Week 5 loss to the Bears, resulting in Tyler Johnson picking up more work in three-receiver sets alongside Mike Evans and Scotty Miller.

October 13, 2020 8:29 AM EST

Justin Watson: Ruled out for TNF

Watson (chest) is ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Bears.

Analysis: Watson missed a trio of practices this week, so it's not surprising to see him be ruled out for Week 5. With Chris Godwin (hamstring) also ruled out, and both Mike Evans (ankle) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) listed as questionable, depth receivers like Tyler Johnson, Jaydon Mickens and Cyril Grayson could see expanded opportunities Thursday.

October 7, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Justin Watson: No practice reps Tuesday

Watson (chest) was held out of practice Tuesday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Watson has yet to take any on-field reps this week, which also is true of Mike Evans (ankle), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin). The Bucs rolled with Evans, Miller and Watson this past Sunday against the Chargers, and the latter hauled in four of six passes for 40 yards. Assuming Watson is active Thursday at Chicago, a similar workload can be expected with Godwin slated to miss another game.

October 6, 2020 3:42 PM EST

Justin Watson: No participation Monday

Watson (chest) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report.

Analysis: Watson led all Bucs wide receivers in offense snap share (74 percent, or 56 of 76) this past Sunday against the Chargers, turning them into four receptions for 40 yards on six targets. He benefitted from the absence of Chris Godwin (hamstring) -- who isn't expected to play this Thursday in Chicago -- and Mike Evans left Sunday's game for a spell to tend to his ankle injury. If the Bucs have a similar situation Week 5 to Week 4, Watson will be the No. 3 WR behind Evans and Scotty Miller (hip/groin).

October 5, 2020 3:36 PM EST

Justin Watson: Solid output in Week 4 win

Watson brought in four of six targets for 40 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Watson played on a robust 56 snaps overall with Chris Godwin (hamstring) sidelined and turned in a solid performance in the victory. The third-year pro has upped his production and targets in each of the three contests he's played in thus far, and he showed no ill effects Sunday from the shoulder injury that had cost him Week 3. Watson could line up for another heavy workload in Thursday night's Week 5 matchup against the Bears, as Godwin is expected to be sidelined for that contest.

October 5, 2020 9:18 AM EST

Justin Watson: Potential boost in volume on tap

Watson could be in line for a starting assignment in Sunday's Week 4 tilt against the Chargers with Chris Godwin (hamstring) already ruled out and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) questionable, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The third-year wideout could find himself in a similar situation to the tail end of last season, when both Mike Evans and Godwin were felled by hamstring injuries and Watson was pressed into a pair of spot starts. Miller did practice fully Friday and therefore appears to be trending in the right direction, but it seems as if Watson will serve as no less than the No. 3 receiver against Los Angeles on Sunday.

October 2, 2020 8:26 PM EST

Justin Watson: Practices in full

Watson (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Watson wasn't able to suit up Week 3, but he now looks back to full health. With both Chris Godwin (hamstring) and and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) not practicing to begin the week, Watson could be in line to play a key role in Tampa Bay's receiving corps during Sunday's game against the Chargers.

September 30, 2020 2:28 PM EST

Justin Watson: Won't play in Denver

Watson (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game in Denver, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watson filled in for Chris Godwin (concussion) in last week's 31-17 win over the Panthers, catching two of three targets for 48 yards while playing 89 percent of snaps on offense. Godwin is back in the lineup for Week 3, while Watson will take his turn on the inactive list. Coach Bruce Arians suggested No. 3 receiver Scotty Miller (hip/groin) will be available Sunday.

September 25, 2020 9:30 AM EST

Justin Watson: No practice Thursday

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

Analysis: On Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians called Watson's injury a hand/wrist issue, but the Buccaneers' practice report has termed it a shoulder concern. In any case, Watson hasn't made his presence felt on the practice field this week, hurting his chances to suit up Sunday in Denver. If he's unable to, Tampa Bay may turn to Tyler Johnson to serve as the No. 4 wide receiver behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller (hip/groin).

September 24, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Justin Watson: Missing practice again

Watson (shoulder) isn't participating in the open portion of Thursday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: For the second straight day, Watson is destined to go down as a non-participant in practice. Unless he's able to fit in some activity during Friday's session, Watson would be at risk of missing Sunday's game against the Broncos. If that's the case, the Buccaneers could keep rookie Tyler Johnson active as the No. 4 receiver behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller.

September 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

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