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Inside Jaylen Watson’s game-winning pick-six in Anatomy of a Play

Sep 16, 2022

“I had a pick in mind when I woke up.” After his team’s 27-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night, Jaylen Watson, a seventh-round rookie cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, said as much to the media. The game’s deciding play was Watson’s 99-yard pick-six. The Chargers had the ball at the Kansas City three-yard line with 10:43 to go, and quarterback Justin Herbert attempted to target tight end Gerald Everett for a reportedly simple touchdown to the right side of the field. In the end, the Chiefs had better thought out Everett’s route than Everett had.

99 yards later, the Bosses had a 24-17 lead.

Had first-round freshman cornerback Trent McDuffie not experienced a hamstring injury in that frame of mind against the Arizona Cardinals? Watson probably won’t have been on the field by any means. In any case, he was, and he realize that he would have too much open doors against Herbert and the Chargers’ passing game.

“I recently knew, being a seventh-rounder and getting my initial beginning, I planned to get tried a great deal, and early. I just felt I planned to get one today, and that occurred.

“I was shocked, yet I actually realized I planned to get one.”

The pick-six was the most recent move toward a doubtful excursion for the Washington State alum via Ventura School in California. Scholarly issues constrained Watson to de-commit from USC five months in the wake of focusing on the school in 2019, and he earned his partners’ college education with a straight-A normal after that all occurred. Watson worked with his mother at a Wendy’s in Georgia for a period during the scaffold point in his football vocation, so he was accustomed to amazing individuals — and astounding himself.

With respect to the actual play, there was a component of unlikelihood there also — misfortune and miscommunication on the Chargers’ side, and according to the Bosses’ viewpoint, understanding what the Chargers planned to do.

Everett had been Herbert’s objective on the two plays before the significant capture, getting passes for seven and 26 yards. Everett was plainly demonstrating that he needed off the field, and he said after the game that he was through a hyper-extended lower leg he experienced in Week 1 against the Las Vegas Thieves. In any case, since the Chargers were utilizing a pick-up pace offense by then, there clearly would not have been the ideal opportunity for a replacement.

“We were going no-group, so I needed to remain in,” Everett reviewed. “Also, it simply didn’t turn out well for us… I was attempting to let one of my folks get out there and get me, rather than me being out there harmed, yet that is the manner by which the game goes.”

That was section one of the miscommunication to set up the play

“Definitely, it was simply unfortunate what worked out,” Staley said about Everett needing to get off the field there. “We felt like we could push the speed, and it didn’t end up working.”

However he was harmed, Everett remained in the game, getting two additional passes for 20 yards on three additional objectives. In any case, those are not the objectives individuals will recall.

The Chargers ran a two-man switch on the right side, with Everett (No. 7) and receiver Josh Palmer (No. 5) crossing their routes and hoping to get an opening in coverage that way. But Watson (No. 35) and safety Justin Reid (No. 20) stuck with their assignments in red zone Cover-0.

“In this way, we realize that they got a kick out of the chance to toss those switch courses,” Watson said. “Particularly in the high red [zone]. Along these lines, me and Justin, I just cooperated. The ball just wound up in my chest, and I brought it back home.

“It was a dreamlike inclination. I’m simply so thankful and favored to be here. I didn’t have the foggiest idea what to do when I got in the end zone; that is the reason everybody saw me simply remaining there. It’s a second I will always remember.”

Staley got into how things veered off-track according to a course point of view.

“When [the tight end] is matched in the level, the tight end has the choice to return. Thus, I think Justin was anticipating that he should return on that. In any case, only one of those unfortunate things occurs and clearly, we’ll glean some significant experience from it,”

Herbert didn’t address the media after the game since he was being checked for wounds, yet Everett concurred that miscommunication on the course was the underlying driver.

“I surmise Justin believed that I planned to box the person out, yet [Watson] played it pretty well,” Everett said. “He only sort of sat on it, and I attempted to stammer him and get to the arch, however, ball was in the air when we had acknowledged we weren’t in total agreement.”

On the runback, Watson was worried about only a certain something: That he was unable to disrupt Guideline No. 1 in the DB room.

“We have a standard — never get handled by the quarterback,” Watson said. “So. that was my most memorable work; taking action on him, and afterward, simply attempting to rush to the end zone.”