If Watson surprised himself with the pick six, it’s no exaggeration to say that his coaches saw something good coming.
“He had a good camp,” head coach Andy Reid said. “You saw him gradually improve during camp. He played, obviously, at a high level in college, so he played against good competition. Good size, can run – you saw him afterwards the interception – it was magnificent.
Reid also had his eye on Watson in the build-up to the Chargers game, based on how he replaced McDuffie in Week 1.
“Yeah, I thought he did a good job,” HC chief Andy Reid said of Watson on Monday, by ChiefsWire. “[The draft] choosing doesn’t matter now, does it? It’s a question of how he continues to improve his game with the things he sees there. That’s the important part and focusing on the game plan and being able to execute it absolutely [the] as best he can. There’s a lot to do when you start preparing for these things, especially on a Thursday night, you don’t have all of training camp to prepare for.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo also liked what he saw based on the Cardinals game. Watson gave up a six-yard touchdown to Arizona wide receiver Marquise Brown on a drive to the boundary, but he also had a great breaking pass as Kyler Murray tried to hit AJ Green on the field.
“I was really happy with how Jaylen came in there and did what he did,” Spagnuolo said. “They challenged him straight away, which is what really good teams do. And he did play that game on the sidelines, which was good to see.
With McDuffie out for at least four weeks with that hamstring injury, Watson can expect to be tested more often — starting with the Chiefs’ game against the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.
So far, Watson has proven to be up to anything you throw at him, literally and figuratively.