Patrick Mahomes and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly have a heated history, but it’s actually a former Buc that’s got him saying nothing but good things, lately.

Not many people outside of the Bay area knew of Justin Watson when the Kansas City Chiefs signed him back in March. And you can’t really blame them. Watson was a reserve player who also played on special teams during his time with the Buccaneers. Those roles don’t get the love and attention the premier roles do, for obvious reasons. But, that also don’t make those roles any less important to the overall picture..

Things are much different, however, these days.

It all started when the Chiefs picked Watson over former All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon during final roster cuts. Since then, Watson has done nothing but make big plays -like his 41-yard touchdown reception over Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson- and make bigger impressions on his coaches and teammates.

Especially Mahomes, who has a front row seat to the whole show.

“He’s made a lot of big catches – and big parts in games,” Mahomes told reporters Wednesday. “He does a great job of blocking. In that last game, whenever we had some guys go out there back‐to‐back, he was kind of telling guys, ‘Hey, you go to this position and you take JuJu’s (Smith‐Schuster) role. You take Marquez’s (Valdes‐ Scantling) role.’ And he knows every position on the football field.

“And he’s just wants to go out there and have success. And so, having guys like that – like we do in the whole receiving room now – I think we’ll be fine of just going out there and executing the offense.”

Watson never had a huge role in the Buccaneers’ passing attack, but he still made plays on occasion. Regardless, he’s already matched his career total when it comes to receiving touchdowns (2) and he’s on track to have the best year of his career.

Considering the current injuries to the Chiefs’ receiving corps, Watson has an even bigger opportunity to continue his trajectory. JuJu Smith-Schuster is unlikely to play after suffering a concussion in Week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mecole Hardman missed his fourth-straight practice Wednesday.

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