Watson Award Backs Up Dominik’s ClaimNovember 29th, 2012
Back in September, Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik went out on a limb for Dekoda Watson, calling him a “Pro Bowl caliber special teams player” during a radio interview, but then Watson went out and choked and earned a Sabby against the Giants a few days later.
Well, now it seems things have come full cirlce for Watson. The NFL selected him as Special Teams Player of the Month for November, per today’s announcement.
Joe typically finds these monthly and weekly awards are little more than PR stunts or ways to garner more sponsorship. However, the special teams award is at least intriguing, given that it often goes to a relatively unknown player like Watson.
It’s probably appropriate now to add Watson to the long list of potential Bucs Pro Bowlers for the 2012 season. Squads are named after Week 15.
As for Watson’s game, it was disappointing to Joe that Watson wasn’t able to win the backup “SAM” linebacker job from Adam Hayward, and Watson hasn’t materialized as much of a pass rusher in his third season. But he’s still just 24 years old, and as a special teams stud, he’s surely been more than worth the seventh-round pick Dominik used on him back in 2010.