Two games into his NFL career, Kansas City Chiefs seventh-round rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson already has a weekly award.
Not bad for a guy with two NFL games under his belt. pic.twitter.com/QIrujdXOUb— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 21, 2022
Stepping in for injured first-rounder Trent McDuffie, the 24-year-old Watson has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.
With the game tied at 17 — and with the Los Angeles Chargers threatening to score in the fourth quarter of Thursday Night Football — Watson intercepted a Justin Herbert pass at the goal line, taking it back 99 yards.
The Chiefs went up 24-17 and never relinquished the lead, eventually winning 27-24. It was the longest go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown scored by a rookie in NFL history. Watson also had four tackles in the game.
Only two other Chiefs cornerbacks have won this award during the past decade: Marcus Peters (who won it three times) and Mike Hughes, who spent just a year (2021) with the club.