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Player Bio

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Dekoda Watson
OLB #57
Height:
6-2
Weight:
240
College:
Florida State
Hometown:
Aiken, S.C.
Experience:
5
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 70 120 97 23 3 0 4 1 0 0 -- 0
2014 DAL 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 JAC 9 14 9 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 TB 15 42 33 9 2 -- 1 1 0 0 -- 0
2012 TB 16 10 8 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 TB 14 23 21 2 1 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
2010 TB 15 31 26 5 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Fifth-year LB played his first four seasons for Tampa Bay before signing with Jacksonville on March 12, 2014 ... Career totals include 76 tackles (56 solo), 3.0 sacks, one INT, six passes defensed, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Excels on special teams with 35 tackles over four seasons ... Blocked three punts from 2012-13, the most among all NFL players and more than all but three other teams’ totals over that span (Oakland-4, Denver-3, San Francisco-3) ...
TRANSACTIONS: Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round (217th overall) of the 2010 draft ... Signed by Jacksonville as an unrestricted free agent on 3/12/14.

PRO: Fifth-year LB played his first four seasons for Tampa Bay before signing with Jacksonville on March 12, 2014 ... Career totals include 76 tackles (56 solo), 3.0 sacks, one INT, six passes defensed, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Excels on special teams with 35 tackles over four seasons ... Blocked three punts from 2012-13, the most among all NFL players and more than all but three other teams’ totals over that span (Oakland-4, Denver-3, San Francisco-3) ...

2013: Played in 15 games and recorded career highs with 37 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one INT, while tying his career high in forced fumbles with one ... Posted five tackles, one fumble recovery and one punt block on special teams ... Recorded three tackles, including one for loss, and one sack on 9/8 at NYJ ... Picked off a Drew Brees pass for first career INT on 9/15 vs. NO and also recorded two tackles ... Tied for team lead with six tackles, including two for loss on 9/29 vs. ARI ... Notched two tackles on defense and one on special teams on 10/13 vs. PHI ... Recovered a Falcons fumble on special teams on 10/20 at ATL ... Registered two tackles on 11/17 vs. ATL, as well as a QB hit, which led to a Buccaneers INT that was returned for a TD ... Also blocked a punt for the third time in his career ... Notched two tackles and recorded a sack on 11/24 at DET ... Started on 12/8 vs. BUF and made two tackles, including one for loss on defense, and two on special teams ... Started on 12/15 vs. SF and collected a team-best and career-high 11 tackles on defense and one on special teams ...

2012: Led Buccaneers with seven special teams tackles, two special teams fumble recoveries and two blocked punts ... Became one of only three players since 2007 to block more than one punt in a single season (Bryan Braman, Houston, 2012; Charles Tillman, Chicago, 2007) ... Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for November when he blocked a punt, which was returned for a Buccaneers TD, recovered a special teams fumble that led to a Buccaneers TD, and made two special teams tackles, all occurring in Tampa Bay’s three wins in the month ... Played in season opener on 9/9 vs. CAR and helped Buccaneers defense tie a franchise record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a game (10) ... Posted first career punt block on 11/11 vs. SD, which was returned 29 yards for a TD ... Recovered special teams fumble in win at CAR on 11/18 ... Recorded his second blocked punt of the season on 12/30 at ATL ...

2011: Saw action in 14 games with two starts ... Season totals included 20 tackles (13 solo), one sack, three passes defensed, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Also added six special teams tackles ... Started at SLB on 9/25 vs. ATL and made a seven-yard sack on Falcons QB Matt Ryan ... Started at SLB two weeks later on 10/9 at SF and made a season-high seven tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss ... Made a special teams tackle in the final three games of the season: vs. DAL on 12/17, at CAR on 12/24 and at ATL on 1/1 ...

2010: Saw action in 15 games with one start as a rookie ... Posted 19 special teams tackles, the highest total by a Buccaneers rookie since DB Dwight Smith posted 21 in 2001 ... Made his NFL debut on 9/12 vs. CLE and had two special teams tackles ... Made his first defensive tackle on 11/7 at ATL ... Made his first start on 11/14 vs. CAR and had three solo tackles, as well as two special teams tackles ... Made a season-high five solo tackles on 1/2 at NO.

COLLEGE: Started 32 of 47 games during his four-year career ... Recorded 184 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 32.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries, two INTs and one safety in his career ... Also blocked three kicks, including two punts that he recovered ... Was a team captain and second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection during his senior season ... Totaled career-high 65 tackles, one fumble recovery, 13.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one pass defensed as a senior in 2009 ... Led the Seminoles in sacks (6.5) and TFL (13.0) in 2009 ... Named to the All-ACC Freshman team by The Sporting News in 2006 ...Graduated with a degree in social science.

PERSONAL: Attended South Aiken (S.C.) high school where he played defensive end, and registered 225 tackles, 61.0 tackles for loss and 29.0 sacks over his junior and senior seasons ... Earned Prep Star All-Region honors and was selected All-State, in addition to being named to the All-Southern team by the Orlando Sentinel in 2005 ... Also a standout track and field athlete as sprinter/jumper ... Twitter handle is @DekodaWatson.

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