Arians Talks Justin Watson’s Speed Demon Status

August 13th, 2020

Three months ago, Bucco Bruce Arians loudly proclaimed that Tom Brady can pick his No. 3 receiver and, hey, probably No. 4 as well.

Today, Arians seemed to have an early favorite for that role.

During a chat with Joe and virtually-assembled media, Arians talked about how Justin Watson looks like a new man.

Arians noted that Watson hit 21 miles per hour in practice tracking devices. “That’s flying,” Arians said. “And he added that Watson’s the “guy who’s looking really, really good” in the race for the No. 3 receiver role.

Joe is cautiously pumped up for Watson, who was buried on the bench last season (on offense, not special teams) before getting a second chance late in the season and succeeding. Watson caught 14 of his 16 career receptions and two touchdowns in the final four games of 2019.

Arians added that Watson, who was never heavy, dropped 10 pounds in the offseason, which would put him about 6-3, 205 pounds with a lot of athleticism in addition to speed. He led the Bucs in special teams tackles last year.

Highlights from today’s underwear football session.

18 Responses to “Arians Talks Justin Watson’s Speed Demon Status”

  1. Sport Says:

    I had high hopes for Watson. If he can avoid the injury bug he might be able to achieve expectations.

    In BA I Trust!

  2. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Previously Watson has been clocked at in the 4.42 and 4.44 range for the forty. It could give him an edge in his competition because of he is taller than a couple of the others. Tyler johnsonis only an inch shorter but assumed to be a bit slower. While Scotty Miller has run a 4.36 and he is listed as 5′ 11”.

    Obviously coaches try to asses total performance.

    I also noted how Gronk was practicing securing the ball after the catch. Habitual attention to detail shows up in practice and in game performance.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    lets hope it translates to the field…we’re going to need him….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    Watson was complete garbage at the end of last year when he was starting, he could not get open, and if he did get open he couldn’t catch the ball. In that Texans game he tripped himself when he had a wide open TD, then on another play he ran the wrong route/rounded off a route on an INT. Then on top of that he had a number of drops. If he even makes the team it’s a damning statement on the lack of depth at WR.

  5. Dapostman Says:

    Let’s hope he has improved his running after the catch. Man he looked like a guy who was running with an old box tv under his arm every time he caught a pass.

  6. Mike Says:

    It was probably Watson who got JW run out of town with those 2 passes he didn’t catch. Just ask the cult of jay miss they will tell you.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    How fast is Miller? Is the New Watson faster?

  8. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Scotty Miller is quick off the line, perfect for slot or outside. Watson probably has better top end speed and more suited for the outside. Hope they both have improved and can contribute this year.

  9. Toxic masculinity Says:

    Hi Jimbo, really appreciate the update on providing us the heights of our receivers. Totally wasn’t aware of this until now 🧩 🤤

  10. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    When you have QB that can hit you own and in stride!
    Gonna be and incredible passing show for giddy Buc fans

  11. geno711 Says:

    Disagree with the guy in the comments who said that Watson was complete garbage last year.

    I remember Jameis Winston setting an all time record of mistakes for a quarterback.
    Some 30 interceptions. Some 12 fumbles -5 lost.
    Some of the 47 sacks were Jameis Winston’s fault for holding the ball too long. Probably about 15.

    Some 6 penalties that were on him
    Then 11 other offensive penalties that were called team penalties. One of those 6 delay of game penalties was BA’s. So most of those 10 team penalties are JW’s.

    That puts Winston with over 70 at least bad plays last year. I think that is a record by over 15 of any other player in any other NFL season in history.

    No wonder he is 3rd string somewhere with all his talent.

    Blaming Justin Watson on this site today for Jameis Winston’s mistakes were just wrong.

    I am glad we kept the JW with much less errors from last year.
    The guys continuing to come to this site that support Winston over Brady are just wrong. It is sad they cannot see the errors in their evaluation.

  12. Clw JB Says:

    Watson reminds me of Eric Decker – 6′ 3″ and with his ST prowess a very good run blocker – Miller is the Edelman role- slot, slip screen, slant, dig, and seam routes

    Look, you have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, one is major paid and the other is about to be, we better hope we can keep some young talent for the 3/4/5 slots – we can’t commit 30% of the cap to one position…it is what it is, BP got $9 mil on the open market

  13. Allbuccedup Says:

    With the best one two punch at receiver they could rotate 3 and 4.

  14. Aaron Says:

    I am surprised Watson lost 10 pounds. He likes very skinny in the camp photos.

  15. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    I guess I should have mentioned that Watson is listed as 6’3”.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    I enjoy hearing this. Scotty Miller is BS at #3. Watson has the talent listed and he’s another strong downfield blocker.

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Just read the Brady like tall receivers in the slot. Perhaps Watson would be better suited there.

  18. rrsrq Says:

    if he produces like Perriman last year, watch out