Justin Watson

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

Justin Watson News

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


Cleared to practice

Watson (knee) was designated to return from the reserve/PUP list Wednesday.

Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that he didn't expect Watson to return to the field in 2021, but he'll now be able to join the team for practice. If the receiver isn't activated from the PUP list within 21 days, he'll be forced to miss the remainder of the season.

Dec 8, 2021 7:45 AM EST


Unlikely to return in 2021

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that he doubts Watson (knee) will be able to return from the reserve/PUP list this season, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watson was initially expected to be sidelined until around November, but it appears as though he'll be forced to miss the entire 2021 campaign after he underwent knee surgery in late July. The 25-year-old is slated to become a free agent during the offseason after spending his first four professional seasons in Tampa Bay.

Dec 6, 2021 9:51 AM EST


Still yet to practice

Watson (knee) has yet to return to practice after being placed on the reserve/PUP list in August, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver sustained the knee injury in training camp and had surgery in July. The expectation was that Watson would be able to return at some point in November but he hasn't returned to practice yet. With the Buccaneers already pretty stacked at the position with the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, there's no reason to rush him in his recovery.

Dec 3, 2021 4:15 PM EST


Hits PUP list

Watson (knee) lands on the Buccaneers PUP list, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watson underwent knee surgery in July and is expected to be out until at least November. When the 25-year-old returns from injury he likely won't receive any meaningful snaps as Tampa Bay's receiving core is pretty stacked. The former Pennyslavania receiver is slated to sneak behind Tyler Johnson on the depth chart once he's fully recovered.

Aug 31, 2021 11:23 AM EST


Undergoes knee surgery

Watson will miss four months after undergoing knee surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The news explains why Watson was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list earlier in the day. He's now expected to be out until late November at the earliest.

Jul 24, 2021 5:04 PM EST


Moved to PUP list

Watson was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday.

Analysis: The Buccaneers didn't list a specific injury with the designation, so it's unclear exactly why Watson was placed on the PUP list. The 25-year-old could be on the outside looking in when it comes to a roster spot, so any missed time will be crucial.

Jul 24, 2021 1:20 PM EST


Could be victim of numbers game

Greg Auman of The Athletic identifies Watson as a player on the Buccaneers roster who's trending downward as training camp approaches.

Analysis: It's not so much what Watson did or didn't do during offseason workouts and minicamp, but rather, the depth of the receiver depth chart and his minimal role after the first four games of the regular season last year. Watson posted a 7-94 line over his first three 2020 contests but never saw another target the rest of the season and was inactive for three of the Buccaneers' four postseason games as well. The fourth-year wideout will be on the final year of his rookie contact in 2021, and although he has been a steady force on special teams with 20 tackles on coverage units over three seasons, Auman points out Watson is now competing with younger depth linebackers and defensive backs for that spot as well.

Jul 13, 2021 9:59 PM EST


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.

Feb 9, 2021 5:19 PM EST


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.

Dec 20, 2020 8:53 AM EST


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