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10 Things to Watch: Will Watt Take Charge?
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Will Watt Take Charge?
With number 61 transitioning to his second career as part of the team’s radio broadcast, the Bolts are handing the reins over to Chris Watt. Last year’s third round pick never played center prior to last season, but impressed enough that the team is confident he can be Hardwick’s long-term successor.
How much Watt grows and takes charge through training camp and the preseason will prove pivotal to the entire offense’s success. Years of repetition made Philip Rivers and Hardwick a well-oiled machine. The quarterback relies a lot on his center, particularly in calling out presnap assignments, so his confidence in Watt speaks volumes about the 6-3, 310-pounder’s potential.
Watt saw action in 12 games last season with five starts at center. While he mainly focused on his guard duties early during his rookie year, he appears to be a natural anchoring the line. Fans should be on the lookout for his bond with Rivers as he calls out protections prior to the snap. Read