Suprising Ex-Buc Surprises Patrick Mahomes

May 31st, 2022

When you have a crazy-deep position group, it’s inevitable that a good player will leave the flock and succeed.

It seems former Bucs receiver Justin Watson could be that guy. Tampa Bay’s fifth-round draft pick in 2018 quickly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in February after his time on the Bucs’ practice squad expired.

After a couple of rough routes that ended in interceptions in 2020, Watson was buried in Tom Brady’s doghouse  on the bench before a 2021 injury.

Per‘s pay-per-view website, Watson has been catching deep touchdowns through Chiefs spring practices and wowing Patrick Mahomes in multiple ways.

“He’s been a pleasant surprise for me,” Mahomes said. “That dude can roll. He came down to Texas. I threw with him the first day, and I called (general manager Brett) Veach and I was like, ‘Wait, how fast is this guy?’ He was running so fast that I was late on my throws. He’s had two great days.”

How funny would it be if the Chiefs ended up replacing Tyreek Hill with Watson? Highly doubtful, but Joe would get a laugh.

Watson, 26, certainly has plenty of speed, and he had strong coaching under the Dirk Koetter and Bruce Arians regimes. Plus he got to learn from Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, DeSean Jackson and Antonio Brown, as well as Tom Brady. Say what you want about Jackson and Brown, they were well known for embracing and teaching young players.

24 Responses to “Suprising Ex-Buc Surprises Patrick Mahomes”

  1. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I always thought Justin Watson was more than a 4th or 5th WR. He has the physical tools, just never made an impact for the Bucs. Wish him the best.

  2. zzbucs Says:

    Just funny, I never understood why Watson was buried as a Buc…..I always liked him as a player….

    Well TB 12 knows better than I do…….

    But maybe I wasn´t that wrong….. Time will tell……

  3. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Well, with ROJO, this makes 2 ex Buc’s with the KC Chiefs!

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    I am with zz. I wonder why he was let go.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Justin Watson is a very good receiver and ST player…….it’s unfortunate he got on the wrong side of TB……I expect he will have success at KC.

  6. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Boy, those were some great uniforms…….

  7. mark2001 Says:

    Just wait Patrick.. in big games he will disappear, as he did here, or drop every other ball thrown to him.

  8. Joe Says:

    Justin Watson is a very good receiver and ST player.

    Special teams, mmmaaayybbbeee.

    “Very good” receivers don’t get released by teams trying to repeat as Super Bowl champs unless they pull an Antonio Brown.

    Ease up.

  9. Dooley Says:

    Watson got hurt last June/July and it really hampered his fortunes in terms of sticking on the roster. Wish him the best, until its time to play us in 2022.

  10. Craig Says:

    Justin Watson was Ryan Griffin’s favorite receiver during his epic preseason run. Then he got kinda fanboyish with Brady throwing to him.

    He probably could have gotten past that, if it was any other team. Instead he got buried under other receivers when AB got here.

  11. Joe Says:

    He probably could have gotten past that, if it was any other team. Instead he got buried under other receivers when AB got here.

    Brady threw two pick-sixes targeting Watson along right sideline. Brady apparently didn’t feel as if Watson played the ball well.

    When a bubble player gets on the wrong side of Tom Brady, he’s toast.

  12. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Watson has the size n the speed to be good. Idk about his hands. Didn’t get much action to see if they are good. I was always rooting for him n didn’t understand why he wasn’t used more. I get the 2 bad routes that turned into ints but come on really even when ME13 CG n rob went down with injuries we still didn’t use him. Maybe it was the injury but that guy has the physical tools to be a good receiver

  13. David Says:

    He is a 4th or 5th receiver at best.
    Fighting for the Bucs 4th & 5th receiver position is-
    Perriman, Johnson, Grayson, Miller, & Darden.
    I’d take with the Buccaneers have over him in a heartbeat.

  14. Mike Says:

    Good size and speed and can make plays down the field. Should fill a role in KC.

  15. geno711 Says:

    Just think what Mahomes would be saying if the Chiefs got Breshad Perriman…

  16. Hodad Says:

    It just doesn’t always work out with a players first stop. Sometimes not the second, or third, and by than you’re gone. Wish him luck, he’s in another great organization.

  17. Pewter Power Says:

    Everyone can shine against air

  18. Brandon Says:

    Watson had a tendency to round his routes and not come back to the ball…. other than that, he has the physical tools to be a good NFL receiver…. we just never saw it.

  19. PassingThru Says:

    This is just one of the many annual preseason articles on, “Wow, our draftee/UDFA/free agent has the makings of an impact starter! What a steal!”.

    KC was bound to hype a WR or two after trading Ty Hill.

  20. Miller5252 Says:

    @doooshLaRue those uniforms were classic! Remember that time the Bucs played the Rams on Thursday night and it was ketchup vs mustard! Horrible color rush uniforms!! Very few teams had decent looking color rush uni’s

  21. Marine Buc Says:

    He will be on IR by week 4…

  22. Goatfarmer Says:

    I would rather have JWat every day over Dardung.

  23. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    @ #1Bucsfan – I believe all WRs in the NFL have the abilities and “Physical tool’s” to become good players or they wouldn’t be in the NFL… Imagine all the players who never got a real chance that could have turned into HOF players. It’s countless ! But that means you have to go out and perform when you’re called upon , correct ?

  24. Eddie Marz Says:

    It’s easy to be great in practice. GOBUCS! And stop blaming Brady every time a receiver doesn’t make it. What a joke!