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Chargers Week 4 Game Balls and the curious case of Derek Watt

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Derek Watt #34 after scoring a one yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Derek Watt #34 after scoring a one yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Chargers: A bonus nugget of information

Bonus nugget from Sunday’s game: Fullback Derek Watt was one of the nine Chargers to catch a pass from Rivers. They were also in a positive game script in regards to running the ball, which generally means Watt is on the field more. As a result of the game script, Watt registered 19 snaps. This presents an opportunity to discuss an odd trend from last season that has carried over into the quarter mark of this season. Watt has played 10+ snaps twice this year, where both occasions happened to result in Chargers’ victories. Last season, there were nine such instances in which Watt played 10+ snaps and the Chargers were 8-1 in those games, meaning the Chargers are a magnificent 10-1 over the last two seasons when that happens. Here’s to hoping the Chargers can continue that winning trend and that Watt can continue his stellar play throughout the season.

Watt actually played some tight end for the team on Sunday, which prompted a funny comparison from head coach Anthony Lynn:

Derek Watt played some tight end yesterday after Sean Culkin went down in the fourth quarter. Anthony Lynn said today he tells Watt all the time, "You're going to be our Dallas Clark." #Chargers

— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) October 1, 2019

Next. Grades for every Chargers player through four games

Running Watt more at tight end could prove to be a nice wrinkle in the Chargers’ offense, especially if Hunter Henry’s injury woes continue. Watt is obviously a proficient blocker and is good enough as a pass catcher that this could work out in the team’s favor. It certainly would put this trend to the test if he was to play 10+ snaps every game. For now, this is something that Chargers fans can really enjoy.

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