Count Down to Camp: Chris Watt


Oct 26, 2013; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) throws the ball over Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Chris Watt (66) in the second quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Watt had surgery to repair a torn labrum after his senior season in high school, and redshirted in 2009. He backed up Chris Stewart at right guard in ’10, appearing in all 13 games (117 snaps). Started all 26 games at left guard 2011-12. In ’13, started all 11 games playing at left guard. On paper, there doesn’t look like a lot to expect from the Chargers 3rd round selection. That’s where I come in. See, “numbers never lie”, stats are good for evaluation and starting a conversation. However, none of these things tell you the “whole truth” either. The TRUTH, is something you have to dig a little deeper for.

Why Chris Watt?

Versatility. Chris has played Left Guard, Right Guard, and Center. He is a true interior linemen. While at Notre Dame Watt’s pass protection was sound, his strength? Run Blocking. He helped Notre Dame run for at least 200-yards in 7 games. The Chargers averaged 122.6 rushing yards (13th) RM24 had six +100yard games alone.
Chris’s thoughts…

“(Left guard) is the position that I played the most in college,” Watt said.  “I played right guard my freshman year and center is something I also played a little bit in practice but it’s something I’ve been working on pretty hard this offseason.  Coming in here, I’ll be cross-training at the guard and center position and I’m ready for it.” More here…

Now I don’t know about you, but two things need to be done. Keep Rivers off the turf, and open holes to run the football. No matter how well Rm24, Woody, or DB run the ball, no matter who is the starting at WR, the Chargers have FA all across the O-line in ’15. Watt gives them options. The knock against him is his short arms and small hands. Can’t fight nature, moving on…. everything else against him can be worked on in coaching, and the cafeteria.

Telesco on Watt…

“On the offensive line, smarts is very, very big,” he said.  “He has all the intangibles and smarts and initial quickness to do it (play center).” More here…

My 2 cents? Telesco selected Watt  to compete for a guard spot, NOW, and with an eye on the future.  With the possibility of Hardwick retiring after this season, it’s best to have  a young man that wants to embrace the challenge, but can be allowed to grow and earn the start at center, while Hardwick is still here, an surrounded by Vets.

Tags: Chris Watt San Diego Chargers

  • shane

    nice write up. Any one think we should put a claim in on greg little? not much of a risk…due 700k this year…

    • powderBLUE801

      I have a strange feeling that we are going to add a few awesome players before the season starts. When teams start trimming down to the 53 man roster. I really feel that TT has a few tricks up his sleeve this year I can’t explain it but I feel it. Can’t wait for pre season either, it’s going to be great to see our bolts play and watch the young guys hungry to make the cuts. BOLT NATION ⚡️⚡️⚡️

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I think he would be worth a look. Why not?

  • Nick619chargers4life

    Check off another box for a another future beast . Go Chargers .

    • arnie

      It’s like when my wife sends me grocery shopping. If we need it, put in on the list, and I’ll get it.

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Lol Word!! Lol

  • Gunnar Martin

    Good stuff Arnie. He looks like he’ll be a solid piece to our offensive line for a long time.

    • arnie

      Definitely. We’ll know for sure as we roll through camp. I just don’t share the same “skepticism” when aj picked players. They seem like players that are just going to work out. I wouldn’t be surprised if Watt saw the field this season.

  • Parker Richardson

    He’s going to be solid and consistent! Great future replacement for Hardwick!

  • Nick Mansoor

    Versatility is key to the offensive line. Enough said

    • arnie

      Agreed. Without it the Chargers would have been in “serious” trouble last season.

  • Joel Ayala

    Great read. I see Clarys replacement by next yr at least. And with the coaching of Coach D. He’s gonna learn from one of the best Oline coach’s no doubt. Our Running game is gonna be sick with it this yr.

    • arnie

      If Watt an Orhnburger play well in camp. Clary could be out “this year”. The only advantage of Clary staying on is Watt doesn’t have to play right now.

      • powderBLUE801

        And that would free up about 4 million right?

        • arnie

          $4.55 million.

          • powderBLUE801

            Very nice indeed!! Their is always a few suprise cuts in August and if we had 4 million from cutting Clary hmmmmm!! I think we could land a nice offensive linemen or another wide out maybe? I’m liking what we have done this far via the draft and UDFA. I still want 1 or 2 more solid guys to put in the trenches on the OL.

          • arnie

            I hear what your saying, currently there are 3 Centers, 5 Guards, an 8 Tackles on the roster. Six of those can play other positions, than the one listed on the roster. Only 2, can play three positions. At this point Clary is an “asset” to the Chargers at RG. It’s not his fault aj smith put that contract in front of him.
            I’d like to see the WR shake up too. I think they will add some new names after cuts. I’m actually hoping Tutu will be the 3rd guy, hopefully emerge as the #2. he’s the second biggest target on the roster next to Inman.

          • Alter Ego

            Not me – I’m rooting for Floyd and Reese

      • Alter Ego

        Okay I beat the Clary drum – tons…as does the team brass and his team mates. I think he has invaluable intangibles that make a difference. But you obviously know that…I think he restructures (as he should) and he remains a very good Charger for us,

        • arnie

          You are not alone. At this point it’s either cut him, or pay him. By cutting Clary the Chargers are saying Watt an Orhnburger will be just as good, or better. Keeping him, he’s on the last year of his deal, and if he wants to come back in ’15, it’ll be on TT terms. Either way the Chargers win, since the money he’s due has no guarantees, and they could get back a vet that knows there system at a bargain.

          • Alter Ego

            I think he will restructure -which will be win win win. Worthy.

          • arnie

            I don’t think he’s been asked. And i don’t think they are going to.

      • Alter Ego

        Excellent post bro

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I said it on draft day, and I’ll say it again. This was my favorite pick of our draft.. something about the way he carries himself. Also, there’s something about those 3rd rounders lately ; )

    • arnie

      Thanks Peter. I agree. I had a feeling the Chargers would surprise us by taking an O-linmen somewhere in the first three rounds. Now if we could get Telesco to stop trading away the 4th rounders, it’s like getting a second 3rd round pick sometimes.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I agree. Choo Choo was definitely a nice pick up. But, I don’t like trading away picks with this many holes. I’m not too worried about it this time, though.

        • arnie

          I suspect as the roster changes and the holes get filled, we could see less of it. The reality is, again TT options are limited. Off the top of my head the 49ers had 12 picks. Seahawks had 9, bengals had 8, patriots had 9, we had only on more win than the jets and they had 12. REALLY?!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Seems unfair, doesn’t it? Hahaha. Then you get moron teams trading even more picks to SF, when they already have a ton of them stockpiled, and are already loaded!!!

  • Derek

    I dono I think if he was that spectacular he woulda had more of a buzz like the USC center. And he isn’t even that good marcus Martin I think his name is. I like the pick but I think he will be the new clary, jack if all trades master of none. But that’s fine too, cheap backup, we saw how much we were lacking depth wise durring that Seattle preseason game. I hope he proves me wrong but next yr I expect us to need a starting center and/or guard. Troughtman looks like a a perfect match with fluker, you could follow them to the end zone. I say we do that and find a guard that is sound at pass blocking for the left next yr. and I just remembered we need do figure out about Dunlap…

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    I have a good feeling about this kid.