Fullback Derek Watt, a sixth-round pick of the Chargers in 2016, and running back Melvin Gordon were reunited during Watt’s rookie season in San Diego. The former (Watt) helped the latter (Gordon) earn Pro Bowl honors as the primary lead blocker during Gordon’s 997-yard, 10-touchdown season.
Watt and Gordon shared a backfield at Wisconsin from 2013-14.
Watt is the younger brother of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Derek, J.J. and younger brother, T.J., all played at the University of Wisconsin. T.J. was drafted in the first round (30th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in this year’s NFL Draft.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick by Chargers (198th overall), April 30, 2016...signed four-year contract, May 10.
2017: Appeared in all 16 games with four starts at FB, including the first back-to-back starts of his career…Registered six carries for 24 yards (4.0 avg.), two catches for 35 yards (17.5 avg.) and 11 tackles on special teams…Led the team with 335 snaps on special teams…at Denver (Sept. 11): Started at FB, seeing action on eight offensive plays and 19 on special teams…vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Opened the game at FB, marking his first start in two consecutive games…Had a rushing attempt and a special teams tackle on punt coverage that pinned the Dolphins inside their own 20…Played eight snaps on offense and 18 on special teams…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Appeared on 12 offensive plays while contributing on 17 special teams snaps…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Played the 20th game of his career…Contributed on six offensive snaps and 17 on special teams…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Saw time at fullback and on special teams, contributing on six offensive plays and 17 on special teams…Posted a pair of special teams tackles on kickoff coverage, including one that forced the Giants to begin the drive inside their own 20…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Saw action on offense on 12 plays and played 15 snaps on special teams…Helped spring RB Melvin Gordon free on an 18-yard run in the third quarter…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Played 13 offensive snaps and 16 on special teams, registering a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage…at New England (Oct. 29): Started at FB, seeing action on five snaps on offense and 21 on special teams…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Played on 13 offensive snaps and 32 on special teams, tied for the team lead in the third phase with S Rayshawn Jenkins…It marked the 25th game played of his career…Hauled in his first catch of the season in the right flat and turned it into a 13-yard gain…Added a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Totaled two carries for 17 yards (8.5 avg.), including a career-long, 17-yard carry…Added a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage, seeing time on 15 offensive snaps and 31 on special teams…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Saw action on seven offensive plays and all 19 special teams snaps, marking the first Charger of the season to play all special teams snaps in a game...Notched a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage, pinning the Cowboys inside their 20-yard line…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Posted a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage, pinning the Browns inside their own 20…Played on seven offensive snaps and 19 on special teams…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Registered a two-yard carry on third down and a special teams tackle on punt coverage to force Washington to start the ensuing drive inside the 20…Played 29 snaps on special teams and 10 on offense…Provided a big block on three Redskins players to spring WR Travis Benjamin free for a 47-yard punt return in the fourth quarter…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Posted his sixth straight game with a special teams tackle, registering the stop on punt coverage to pin the Chiefs inside the 20 to start the ensuing drive…Totaled three offensive plays and 18 on special teams…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Extended his streak of games with a special teams tackle to seven, pinning the Jets inside their 20 on punt coverage…Started at FB, playing six snaps on offense and a team-high 27 on special teams…Posted a three-yard carry and a season-long, 23-yard catch…Provided the lead block for RB Melvin Gordon’s one-yard TD run in the third quarter…Chased down WR JoJo Natson for a special teams tackle on punt coverage, pinning New York at their five-yard line for the final offensive play…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Played 20 snaps on special teams and 12 on offense, registering a two-yard carry...Saw his seven-game streak with a special teams tackle come to an end.
2016: Pro Football Journal second-team All- Rookie...first NFL start and helped Bolts rush for 150 yards in 38-14 win vs. Jacksonville Sept. 18...first NFL carry for two yards and first down on 3rd-and-1 during fourth-quarter touchdown drive Oct. 9 at Oakland...53-yard catch to Broncos’ nine set up opening drive TD Oct. 30 at Denver.
COLLEGE: Four-time Academic All-Big Ten (2012-15) and NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2015...helped Badgers to two highest single-season rush averages in school history – 283.8 yards per game in 2013 and school-record 320.1 yards per game in 2014...UW Rookie of Year in 2012...redshirted in 2011...played at Wisconsin from 2012-15...member of school’s Leadership Club...marketing degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Waukesha, Wis. ...USA Today All-America, AP Wisconsin Player of Year, first-team all-state, and conference and county player of year as senior at Pewaukee (Wis.) High...rushed for 2,685 yards and 44 touchdowns...lettered in basketball and track...National Honor Society and academic all-conference.