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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Defender Jared Watts

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The second year player was good at times and left Rapids fans wondering what his natural position is

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We have begun our look back at individual player performances for the 2015 Colorado Rapids. Each day we will look at a different player and see what went right and what went wrong. Please feel free to leave your comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Burgundy Wave Player Grades

Player: Jared Watts

Position: Defender.  Maybe

2015 Statistics

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG Goals Per 90 Min
13 12 1050 1 1 5 1 1 0.09

Highlight of the Year: Can there be anything else?  To quote Richard Fleming:

"Jared Watts it is!  Jared Watts it is!"

Lowlight of the Year: Watts had some rough moments in 2015, and mainly they came when he was positioned as a defender.  Specifically, I am thinking of the 1-0 Seattle loss where he lost his man that led to the Seattle goal.  If he is going to be a defender, he needs more awareness on the pitch

2015 Grade (C): But overall, Watts was good in 2015.  He did have a few forgettable moments, but was a solid player who worked hard and brought his best every game.  (Sorry, no Lunch Pail analogies) The question is what is his best position and where he fits into the plans of the Rapids

2016 Outlook: I am pretty sure Watts returns in 2016 and he should be in line to try and win a starting position.  And I think that position is defensive midfielder.  I could truly see him partnered with Sam Cronin in the middle in the 4-2-3-1 next season for the Burgundy Boys.