The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed Jaylen Watkins, one day after releasing him.
Watkins seemed like a good bet to make the team’s initial 53-man roster but he was cut prior to the deadline on Saturday for team’s to reduce their rosters to the league minimum. However, a spot opened up when Derwin James went on injured reserve.
The Chargers were forced to keep James on the 53-man roster for 24 hours before being able to place on IR. Once that move was made, Watkins was brought back.
Chargers announce they've re-signed S Jaylen Watkins and placed Derwin James on IR.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) September 1, 2019
Watkins joins a safety group that includes Adrian Phillips, second-round pick Nasir Adderley, Rayshawn Jenkins and undrafted free agent Roderic Teamer. He was signed to a one-year deal last March but was injured in the team’s second preseason game. He spent the entire season on injured reserve.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Chargers gave Watkins a new one-year deal in February before releasing Jahleel Addae.
Watkins had three tackles and one interception during the preseason, all of which came in the second game against the New Orleans Saints. Many would argue that undrafted free agent Adarius Pickett might be more deserving of a spot on the roster.
But it will be Watkins, the half-brother of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who will get the chance to help the Los Angeles defense.
Watkins has 56 tackles and eight pass deflections during his five-year career which has included time with the Philadelphia Eagles (two stints) and Buffalo Bills as well.