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On Saturday, the Bucs announced that wide receiver Justin Watson was placed on the PUP list. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watson will miss the next four months after undergoing a surgical procedure on his knee.


Watson was set to battle for a spot on the roster, but was perhaps a long shot to make the final 53. Rookie Jaelon Darden and last year’s return man Jaydon Mickens were running ahead of him in mini-camp. Even Travis Jonsen received reps over Watson on the first and second team practice field.

Watson played in 11 games, starting two contests last season for the Bucs. He finished the season with seven receptions, five of them for first downs. His biggest impact came on special teams, where he led the team in tackles.

If a team places a player on the active/PUP list before the start of camp, it gives them the option to put that player on the reserve/PUP list at the start of the regular season, if necessary. Players who begin the regular season on the reserve/PUP list can be activated after six weeks.

Out for the next four months, the Bucs could decide to place Watson on injured reserve. They could also keep him on the PUP list with the hope of a late November/early December return. TE Cam Brate, WR John Franklin and CB Chris Wilcox are also on the PUP list.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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1 month ago

Side note. I saw that Mark Cook is no longer with Pewter report??? What gives guys? I loved him on the podcasts and his sense of humor. We loyal readers need an answer to this?

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1 month ago

A friend saw something on Instagram about Mark. Sad. There’s always been a lot of turnover at Pewter Report.

1 month ago

Tough break but at least he earned a ring while here. Get well soon!

1 month ago

He’s toast. Won’t be making an already stacked hard to make roster.

1 month ago

Sorry for ur luck. I doubt he was going to make this team anyway.

1 month ago

I imagine that the Bucs were aware of his knee issue, and this may have had something to do with drafting Darden.

In any event, putting him on the PUP list keeps him potentially available should one or more of our other wide receivers gets banged up by the last part of the season. Then the Bucs can either reactivate him or IR him.

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