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Top Austin Watkins Jr. News

  • Austin Watkins: Joins Browns' practice squad

    Watkins signed with Cleveland's practice squad Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of reports.

    Watkins failed to make the roster despite an outstanding preseason, but he'll stick around in the Browns' organization. Watkins could be first in line among Cleveland's practice squad wide receivers should injuries strike the team's receiving corps.

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  • Austin Watkins: Won't make team

    Watkins was waived by the Browns on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Watkins recorded more receiving yards than any other player in the preseason, but it wasn't enough for the UAB product to earn a role on Cleveland's 53-man roster.

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  • Browns' Austin Watkins: Pushing for roster spot

    Watkins caught seven of 14 targets for a team-high 139 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

    Watkins, a free agent added to the preseason roster days before the Browns set out for the Greenbriar to open training camp, has been the team's best receiver through three preseason games (including the Hall of Fame Game). The former USFL pass catcher has significantly outplayed both David Bell and Anthony Schwartz -- both draft picks -- and is getting reps with injuries to Marquise Goodwin (illness), Elijah Moore (ribs) and Jaelon Darden (leg). Added to that list is Jakeem Grant, who has yet to play in a game as he's being brought back slowly from an Achilles injury. There's still some time left in camp for roster tinkering, but Watkins' turn as the preseason star among the wideout group has improved his chances.

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  • Browns' Austin Watkins: Making plays in preseason

    Watkins caught six of eight targets for a team-high 71 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Commanders.

    Watkins, who had a touchdown catch in last week's Hall of Fame Game, has made a quick impression after signing with the Browns just before the start of training camp. He was not on the field with starting quarterback Deshaun Watson, and he's competing with several receivers for a longshot bid to make the roster. However, with Elijah Moore (ribs) joining Marquise Goodwin (illness) and Jaelon Darden (leg) on the sidelines, there could be an opening if he continues to make plays.

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  • Browns' Austin Watkins: Signs with Cleveland

    Watkins and the Browns agreed on a contract Friday, Brad Stainbrook of reports.

    Watkins will join Cleveland ahead of their upcoming training camp after spending the 2022 campaign as a free agent. The wide receiver has yet to make his NFL debut after a collegiate career at UAB and he'll look to at least crack the Browns' practice squad ahead of the 2023 season.

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  • Austin Watkins: Let go by Tampa Bay

    Watkins was waived by the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    Watkins was cut from Tampa Bay's roster to help get the team under the 90-player limit after he signed a reserve/future contract on Jan. 31. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout out of UAB has yet to make his NFL debut and likely will look for a new team in need of big-bodied receiver to add depth this offseason.

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  • Buccaneers' Austin Watkins: Inks futures deal

    Watkins signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

    Watkins was with the 49ers in training camp before being let go at roster cutdowns while dealing with an injury, though he eventually rejoined the team for a three-week stint on the practice squad in November. The rookie UDFA out of UAB will attempt to take advantage of Tampa Bay's offseason program to potentially make his NFL debut in 2022.

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  • Austin Watkins: Joins San Fran practice squad

    Watkins was signed to the 49ers' practice squad Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Watkins started the season on the 49ers' injured reserve and was later released with an injury settlement. The receiver then had a workout with the Bengals in October but he didn't end up joining Cincinnati. Now back with the 49ers, Watkins will fall back into his depth role at wide receiver.

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  • Austin Watkins: Tries out in Cincy

    Watkins (foot) had a workout with the Bengals on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

    Watkins landed on injured reserve during camp with the 49ers before being let go with an injury settlement, and he's still looking to latch on with a new team. The rookie UDFA out of UAB is looking to make his NFL debut.

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  • Austin Watkins: Receives injury settlement

    Watkins (foot) reached an injury settlement with the 49ers on Wednesday and was waived off injured reserve, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Watkins was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot last week, and he'll now head to free agency due to the injury settlement. His initial recovery timeline was 6-to-8 weeks, so he likely won't be fully healthy until at least early October.

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  • 49ers' Austin Watkins: IR bound

    The 49ers are placing Watkins (foot) on injured reserve, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Watkins is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks with a broken foot. He will now either spend the remainder of the season on IR or come to terms on an injury settlement with the team once his health is up to par.

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  • 49ers' Austin Watkins: Out 6-8 weeks with broken foot

    Watkins broke his foot in Saturday's preseason opener and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, NIck Wagoner of reports.

    The injury is believed to have happened early in the game against the Chiefs but was only discovered after the game ended. Given all the players ahead of him on the depth chart, this injury will likely end Watkins' long-shot bid at securing a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Fort Myers, FL
Age: 25
School: UAB
Experience: 1