Rising seventh-round quarterback Jaylen Watson of 99 yards off Justin Herbert with 10:43 left in the fourth quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Chargers was unlikely for several reasons. Watson was only on the field because first-round rookie Trent McDuffy Suffered a hamstring injury against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1Watson was his replacement.
– Kansas City Chiefs September 16, 2022
To say Watson was an afterthought in the NFL would be an understatement. A former all-district and corner recipient at Lucy C. Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia later began his path at Ventura College in California. He became a star in that college prep. She committed to USC in 2019 among a dozen college Power Five performances. But he had to back out of the commitment after five months due to academic problems. From there, he had to go back to Georgia, and worked with his mother at Wendy’s.
“It was really difficult because I’ve been playing football since I was five and have a tremendous love for the game” . said Augusta Chronicle in April. “Football is a safe haven. I didn’t have the best of home life, so when I had family problems or whatever I had, when I got on the field it was my safe haven.
“I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s hard,’ I haven’t actually been able to play football for the first time in 13 or 14 years and come back to Augusta with my (colleagues) degree and I still can’t get a job, it was like real life really hit me “.
He nearly lost his football dreams forced Watson to turn things around, and about a year after leaving USC, he had things right enough to commit to Washington State. He was a straight student and earned an associate’s degree that allowed him to enter his new school.
An honorable mention to the All-Pac-12 Conference as a red jersey rookie. Watson ended his two-year career with the Cougars in 2021, after allowing 35 catches on 65 goals from 378 yards, 79 yards after catching, two touchdowns, two interceptions, four pass breaks and an opponent passer rating of 68.6.
Despite this, he caught the eye of the scouting group and on his pro day, Watson had to wait until the twenty-second pick in the seventh and final round of the draft to hear his name.
In his previous NFL season, Watson surpassed his draft status, allowing three catches on 10 goals for 24 yards, 15 yards after holding, no touchdowns, no interceptions, and breakout passes, and an opponent passer rating of 39.6. He was allowed to go down against the Cardinal, but he also had a big passing breakup against AJ Green in a deep layup.
“I was really happy with the way Jaylen went there and did what he did,” said captain Steve Spagnolo defensive coordinator Steve Spagnolo. “They challenged him right away, which is what really good teams do. It made the sideline underestimate, and it was nice to see.”
After picking the six that made all the difference to the Chiefs’ 27-24 win, Watson cited everything he’s been through as the catalyst for every game he’s playing now – especially the biggest.
“I’m just a very resilient person. I’ve always worked for what I had. I never got any, and I think that’s what gave me an advantage. On the football field as well. So I just try to hold that edge, show some hunger, show Some anger on the football field, fired that at opponents.”