Watson (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game in Denver, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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.
Watson (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.
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).
Watson (shoulder) isn't participating in the open portion of Thursday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians labeled Watson as day-to-day after he missed practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury sustained in this past Sunday's win over the Panthers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Watson's day-to-day label is encouraging, but he'll likely need to up his practice participation as the week progresses to have a realistic chance of suiting up this weekend in Denver. With Chris Godwin having cleared the concussion protocol earlier this week, Watson isnn't expected to play a major role Week 3, regardless of his health. Scotty Miller still appears locked in as Tampa Bay's No. 3 receiver behind Godwin and Mike Evans.
Watson secured two of three targets for 48 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
The third-year pro was expected to see at least a slight bump in workload with the absence of Chris Godwin (concussion), and although that didn't truly materialize, Watson did make good use of the opportunities he was given. The 2018 fifth-round pick secured a 36-yard pass for one of his receptions and ultimately checked in second in receiving yardage on the team to Mike Evans. Watson could again be poised for potential expanded opportunity in Week 3 against the Broncos on the road if Godwin is forced to miss that contest, but as was evident Sunday, his teammate's absence doesn't necessarily lock in a notable increase in targets.
Watson should see a large boost in playing time if Chris Godwin (concussion) doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Watson worked as the No. 4 receiver in last week's loss to the Saints, catching one of two targets on 16 percent snap share. Scotty Miller would be the better fantasy option after putting up a 5-73-0 receiving line on 61 percent snap share Week 1, but Watson would at least be in play as a desperation starter or a DFS punt. The Bucs listed Godwin as doubtful, albeit with the possibility of upgrading him to questionable after he undergoes testing Saturday.
Watson secured one of two catches for six yards in the Buccaneers' 34-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Watson was likely set for a spot start had Mike Evans been unable to overcome his questionable designation due to a hamstring injury. However, with his teammate suiting up and logging what appeared to be a normal workload, Watson essentially operated as the de facto No. 4 receiver while Scotty Miller took on a clear No. 3 role. That could well be the norm as long as Miller and his elite speed are at full health, leaving Watson with unreliable fantasy value on a week-to-week basis.
Watson, who's listed as Mike Evans' (hamstring) backup on the first edition of the Buccaneers' unofficial depth chart, could draw a spot start in Week 1 against the Saints if his teammate isn't able to suit up, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Stroud adds Scotty Miller, who put together one of the best training camps of any Buccaneers skill player by all accounts, would also enjoy an enhanced role in the event of an Evans absence. As for Watson, it wouldn't be the first time he's called upon to help fill in for the team's top receivers if that indeed comes to pass; the third-year wideout saw plenty of playing time, including a start, in Weeks 14-17 last season when both Evans and Chris Godwin succumbed to hamstring injuries, bringing in 14 of 24 targets for 146 yards and two touchdowns in that span.
Watson stood out with multiple plays in Tuesday's padded practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Watson had already caught coach Bruce Arians' eye in last week's non-padded sessions by flashing improved speed courtesy of a slimmer physique, but Tuesday, the third-year wideout impressively continued to make plays while facing defenders. Vitali reports Watson first recorded a red-zone touchdown grab that prompted plenty of accolades from the coaches, and he subsequently made a highlight catch in the second-to-last seven-on-seven period over the middle underneath. Watson and Scotty Miller appear set to wage quite the battle for the third receiver role leading up to Week 1, as the latter has also been standing out in early practices.
Watson has impressed coach Bruce Arians as a candidate for the third receiver job in the early stages of training camp, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The third-year pro reportedly dropped 10 pounds during this offseason, and Arians noted it's already paying dividends on the practice field. Watson hit 21 mph when running routes in a recent practice and has consistently shown more speed during early throwing sessions. The Penn product faces stiff competition on his bid for the third receiver role with fleet second-year man Scotty Miller and rookie fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson, who's thought to have the talent befitting a much higher draft slotting, also vying for the job.
Watson, who is expected to push for a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver job following the offseason departure of Breshad Perriman, will face competition from 2020 fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson.
Watson and Johnson seemingly share many of the same traits, namely reliable hands and routes, as well as an impressive college history of red-zone success. Watson, a fifth-round selection himself back in 2018 who racked up 31 touchdown grabs over his last three seasons at Penn, began to make some strides on offense at the tail end of last season after spending his rookie campaign almost exclusively on special teams. The 25-year-old saw expanded opportunity due to the hamstring injuries that cut short the seasons of both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, turning in a pair of five-catch, one-touchdown efforts over the last four games. However, Johnson is believed to have talent befitting a notably higher draft selection, and the fact he led Power 5 schools in red-zone catches, red-zone receiving yards and red-zone touchdowns over the last four seasons project to make him a formidable rival to Watson in the competition to slot in behind Evans and Godwin on the depth chart.
Watson, who secured two of four targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons in Week 17, finished the 2019 season with 15 receptions (26 targets) for 149 yards and three additional yards on punt returns over 16 games.
While those season numbers were decidedly modest, they represented career highs for Watson, who'd logged just a single reception over 12 games during his 2018 rookie campaign However, Watson wasn't really primed for a big boost in role until Mike Evans went down with a season-ending hamstring injury in Week 14 against the Colts, as he'd logged no more than 11 snaps from scrimmage in any game prior. The second-year wideout went on to gain some valuable experience over the final four contests of the season, a span that also saw Chris Godwin go down with a hamstring issue of his own and miss the last two-plus contests. Given that he turned in a solid performance relative to opportunity, Watson should be ready to make a push for a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver role next summer, particularly if Breshad Perriman, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent, isn't brought back.
Watson caught five of 10 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-20 loss to the Texans.
Watson stepped into the No. 2 receiver role behind Breshad Perriman with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined by hamstring injuries. He scored from eight yards out late in the first half, giving him two touchdowns in his last three games. Watson will be an appealing option in deeper formats if both Evans and Godwin remain out against the Falcons in Week 17.
Watson is expected to serve as a starting receiver for Saturday's game against the Texans, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Watson has caught seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets over the past two games while handling near-identical 55 and 56 percent offensive snap shares in wins of the Colts and Lions, respectively. Expect his workload to take a more notable jump in Week 16, as the Buccaneers will be missing Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Scott Miller to hamstring injuries, with the latter two receivers getting shut down for the season. After a big performance in Detroit (five catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns on six targets), Breshad Perriman profiles as the clear No. 1 receiver, but Watson should comfortably slot ahead of fellow wideouts Ishmael Hyman, Cyril Grayson and Spencer Schnell, all of whom resided on the Buccaneers' or another team's practice squad as recently as two weeks ago. Along with Perriman and Watson, tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate should see expanded roles in the Buccaneers' passing attack Saturday while its top two targets are out of commission.
Watson brought in both of his targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Watson was slated to see extra work with Mike Evans (hamstring) out of action, and the potential for an even bigger spike in workload was there when both Chris Godwin and Scott Miller also exited the contest due to the same issue. However, Watson still saw a disappointingly low target share. That could be poised to change Week 16 against the Texans, however, when the second-year wideout may be primed for volume akin to the eight looks he logged against the Colts in Week 14 as a result of the potential absences of Evans, Godwin and Miller versus Houston.
Watson is expected to step into a regular role in the Buccaneers' three-receiver sets for as long as Mike Evans (hamstring) is sidelined, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
After Evans (hamstring) exited early in the Week 14 win over the Colts, Watson was pressed into a larger role and responded with the best stat line of his career, finishing the day with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. The second-year pro's performance looks to have thrust him ahead of the banged-up Scott Miller (hamstring) on the depth chart, positioning Watson to work alongside Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman in Week 15 against the Lions while Evans likely sits. While coach Bruce Arians indicated Evans isn't a candidate for injured reserve at this stage, the star receiver is still at real risk of missing the final three games, potentially giving Watson a decent window to put himself on the fantasy radar.
Watson secured five of eight targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also returned two punts for three yards.
The second-year receiver finally got an opportunity to show what he could do on offense after having been relegated to special teams the majority of the season. Injuries were responsible for Watson's opportunities Sunday, as the joint absences of Scott Miller (hamstring) and T.J. Logan (thumb) opened up the No. 4 receiver and top punt returner jobs, specifically. Watson was able to notch his first career score with a 17-yard grab late in the third quarter to cut into a 35-21 deficit. A prolific college receiver during his time at Penn, Watson will hope for an opportunity again in Week 15 against the vulnerable Lions defense, which could come even if Miller returns since Mike Evans (hamstring) seems likely to miss that contest at minimum.
Watson is expected to serve as the Buccaneers' top punt returner versus the Colts on Sunday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Watson's opportunity comes with T.J. Logan out for the season with a broken thumb and Scott Miller (hamstring) expected to miss Week 14. The second-year receiver is coming off a Week 13 showing in which he logged a season-high 11 snaps on offense but failed to catch his lone target.
Watson logged a season-high 11 snaps on offense but failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Watson saw a slight bump in playing time with Scott Miller (hamstring) out of action, but it didn't lead to any actual production. The second-year receiver has just one catch for 13 yards on the season, although with 28 snaps from scrimmage all year, it isn't as if he's been squandering an abundance of opportunities. Watson could see action as the No. 4 receiver again in Week 14 versus the Colts if Miller sits out that contest as well.
Watson has logged a total of just four snaps on offense over the last two games despite No. 3 receiver Breshad Perriman (hamstring) being inactive for both contests.
Watson saw both rookie Scott Miller and the just-released Bobo Wilson leapfrog him over that pair of contests, and team up to fill Perriman's shoes in the offense. With Wilson now out of the equation, there's presumably a chance for Watson to finally log some appreciable playing time from scrimmage in Week 8 against the Titans, especially if the rumors surrounding a possible Perriman release also come to fruition.
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