For 30 teams, today is the first day for players on the PUP list to begin practicing. #Bucs WR Louis Murphy, for instance, will do so.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2016
Chris Watt had offseason surgery and was unable to practice during the summer. The team did not place him on IR but instead elected to have him begin the season on the PUP list. Watt is now eligible to begin practicing this week if he is ready. He has a 5 week window to start practicing and once he does start practicing, the team has a 21 day window to activate him onto the 53 man roster. If either of those deadlines are missed, Watt will then remain on the PUP for the rest of the season.
The interesting question, assuming that Watt will be ready to play again this season, now becomes, what should the team do with him?
Despite a couple of the interior starters being banged up earlier in the year, Orlando Franklin, D.J. Fluker, and Matt Slauson all played every offensive snap this week. The team seems to love Kenny Wiggins, who even got a couple snaps at RT this week, and UDFA Spencer Pulley. 3rd round pick Max Tuerk has been inactive every week this season. So what do they do with Watt?
Tyreek Burwell seems like he could be the odd man out here since the team even elected to throw Wiggins in at T for a few snaps this week over Burwell. Watt also hasn’t really lived up to his draft position in his career so far either but I don’t see Tom Telesco taking the L and releasing him.
Needless to say, the Chargers have a somewhat tough decision over the next few weeks as to what to do with Chris Watt.