Coming into this season we knew the Kansas City Chiefs were going to have a problem in the wide receiver room. We knew it was either going to be a good problem, one where the Chiefs have too many good receivers, or a bad problem, where they don’t have enough good receivers.
On Saturday against the Chicago Bears, we figured out it was the first one, a good problem.
They have too many receivers that could make this roster. However, that’s only a problem because they will likely only have six or seven on the 53-man roster.
On Saturday one receiver made his case for why he should be on that 53-man come time for cuts.
Chiefs’ Watson showed he’s worth the roster spot
The Chiefs receivers played so well on Saturday. In fact, they had 14 different players catch a pass against the Bears.
Justin Watson was one of the better players on the field for the Chiefs, that’s not counting the starters, of course.
He caught five of the six balls thrown his way for 45 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a 22 yard throw from quarterback Shane Buechele.
”Big time props to Shane,” Watson told reporters Saturday after the game.
”We had a call, it was 3rd and 4 and we had two five hard routes on the outside, but Shane saw it was two-high split safeties, and saw that void in the middle there, so he yelled out to me for me to run that post route, kind of audible it… takes some moxie but man he delivered a strike. Great play, great adjustment, and great all around play by Shane.”
With everyone getting some run on Saturday, that leaves the Chiefs with some tough decisions to make, and Watson may have solidified his position on the team. His speed, strength, and ability to go up and get the ball was on display on Saturday, and could possibly be on display during the regular season.
We know JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman, and Skyy Moore will be a lock at that position, but there are two-three more available, and Watson should be one of them. Watson was basically competing with Daurice Fountain, Cornell Powell, Josh Gordon, and some others for the next receiver spot.
We will have to see what the next few preseason games look like for Watson, but based off what we have seen, he is definitely deserving of that roster spot.
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