It’s always good when the national media starts taking notice. And for Bucs rookie WR Justin Watson, he got that attention on the Tuesday morning edition of “Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network.
First, Watson, the Bucs fifth round pick from Penn, made a tremendous second quarter TD catch from Jameis Winston in the Bucs 30-14 win over the Titans:
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 19, 2018
That grab was part of a four catch 54 yard effort for Watson, who definitely is making a mark in his first Buccaneers camp.
And, then on his “Toe Drag Swag” segment Tuesday, former NFL receiver and now co-host of “GMFB,” Nate Burleson, let the nation know that he knows Watson’s name and skills:
— GMFB (@gmfb) August 21, 2018
We love the reference to the catch being a “Beauty” and that the throw from Winston demonstrates to Burleson that “he’s a Beast. So it’s ‘Beauty and the Beast!'”
And fellow co-host Kyle Brandt chimed in with having seen Watson in person last year in Ivy League play, as Watson caught 13 TDs in 10 games.
We wrote coming off the Tennessee game that the Buccaneers have a good problem with plenty of young wide receiver talent. And Watson is clearly in the mix to be part of the 53 man roster. He’s got to out battle the likes of second year and former Noles teammate of Winsston, Bobo Wilson. Plus, also competing with kick return speedster Bernard Reedy and also, second year player Sergio Bailey, who also had a TD catch in the second half Saturday night.
Now, out of that group, Watson, Wilson and Bailey can also be part of the Tampa Bay practice squad. However, the concern would be that another team is watching his game tape, so far and would want him on their active roster should he appear on waivers.
And attention like the NFL Network can be good for the player, but bad for potentially losing him, too.
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