|No. 27 – Los Angeles Chargers|
|Born:||November 27, 1991|
Fort Myers, Florida
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||194 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Cape Coral|
(Cape Coral, Florida)
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Jaylen Watkins (born November 27, 1991) is an American football safety for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
A native of Cape Coral, Florida, Watkins attended Cape Coral High School. He played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back at Cape Coral, leading his team to an 11-1 record in his senior season, advancing to the FHSAA 4A Regional semifinals. He passed for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 928 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also had 29 receptions for 461 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran track at Cape Coral and advanced to the 4A Track Championships in the 4x100 relay. He was selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Watkins attended the University of Florida from 2010 to 2013. He appeared in 48 games, with 28 starts, at both cornerback and safety. He primarily played special teams as a freshman, before earning an increased role in the defense as a sophomore and throughout his tenure at Florida. During his career, he accumulated 133 tackles, including four for loss, 21 pass breakups and three interceptions.
On September 5, 2015, Watkins was released by the Eagles.
Philadelphia Eagles (second stint)
On November 27, 2015, Watkins was re-signed by the Eagles off the Bills' practice squad.
Los Angeles Chargers
On March 30, 2018, Watkins signed a one year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. In the Chargers' second preseason game, Watkins suffered a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve on August 19, 2018.
On February 15, 2019, Watkins re-signed with the Chargers.
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