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Ben Watson | Tight End

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Georgia
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Saints coach Sean Payton said TE Ben Watson’s role won’t change this season.
"Ben is one of those guys that can play the true Y," Payton said. "I don’t know with Jimmy Graham's departure that changes Ben's role because he was very involved a year ago." The Saints plan to increase Josh Hill's snaps and keep Watson as their in-line blocker. A bottom-20 tight end by PFF last year, Watson should remain a non-factor in the pass game. May 30 - 3:11 PM

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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett cautions not to sleep on the idea that Ben Watson could "play an expanded role as a pass catcher."

Triplett's article was headlined with a "fantasy alert." Triplett doesn't expect Josh Hill to "simply leapfrog" Watson, and believes Watson will likely play more snaps because of his blocking prowess. Watson's blocking is certainly going to keep him on the field, but this is a 34-year-old player who has caught 39 total passes over the past two seasons. Coach Sean Payton can't stop gushing over Hill. We are going to take our chances with Hill in fantasy leagues. Watson isn't a going roto concern.
May 28 - 6:24 PM

Ben Watson is expected to serve as a "seasoned mentor" behind new No. 1 TE Josh Hill.

Don't get it twisted -- the Saints are ready to rock with Josh Hill as their main replacement for Jimmy Graham. Hill won't play the same strict pass-catching "move" role, but he'll at least bring plenty of red-zone chops. Watson will remain a "run blocker and a periodic receiver."
May 5 - 11:59 AM

Ben Watson caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Even with Jimmy Graham fighting through a shoulder injury for the majority of the season, Watson ended up with just 20 catches. Now 34, Watson's $1.2 million salary for 2015 makes him likely to be cut by a team with serious cap issues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:49:00 PM

Saints TE Ben Watson left Sunday's Week 3 win over the Vikings with an undisclosed injury.

It's a chance for second-year man Josh Hill to step in as the No. 2 tight end. Hill had a career-high 48 yards and scored his second career touchdown Sunday.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 08:31:00 AM

Ben Watson was held without a gain on his lone catch in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks.

The 33-year-old veteran appeared to be running behind undrafted rookie Josh Hill as a pass catcher. Watson closes the book on his first season in a Saints uniform with 19 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Still a capable blocker, Watson is signed through 2015. He's due just $1 million next season, and will likely be back with the Saints.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 08:54:00 PM

Ben Watson caught two passes for 26 yards in New Orleans' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

The catches were Watson's fourth and fifth of the month. He enters Week 17 with 18 total grabs for 219 yards.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 06:16:00 PM

Returning from a concussion, Ben Watson caught a one-yard touchdown in New Orleans' Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Watson's nifty, toe-tapping touchdown near the end of the first quarter was his lone catch of the evening. Watson will continue to struggle for TE3 value behind Jimmy Graham.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:40:00 AM

Saints TE Ben Watson (concussion) is active for Week 12 against the Falcons.

Watson missed Week 11. He's just a TE3 against Atlanta.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 07:34:00 PM

Ben Watson (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 11.

Watson didn't practice all week and still hasn't been cleared to return from his concussion. Josh Hill will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Jimmy Graham.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Ben Watson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Watson hit his head in the third quarter of last Sunday's game and had to be helped off the field. He'll have to progress through the league's protocol.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 07:49:00 PM

Ben Watson exited Sunday night's Week 10 game with a concussion and will not return.

Watson hit his head on the ground on a near touchdown in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field. He'll now need to pass the league's concussion protocol before returning to practice.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 11:12:00 PM

Ben Watson caught three passes for 45 yards in Week 8 against the Bills.

Watson played a season-high 47 snaps and caught all three of his targets with Jimmy Graham (foot) limited to just 18 snaps. No. 3 tight end Josh Hill was also heavily involved, playing 25 snaps and catching both of his targets for 17 yards. Lance Moore returned to the lineup and handled much of the work over the middle of the field along with Marques Colston. Watson is a bottom-barrel TE2 at best even if Graham remains limited the next couple weeks.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 06:53:00 PM

Ben Watson will start Sunday's game against the Bills if Jimmy Graham (foot) can't play.

Watson is a pass-catching tight end, but he won't be asked to do the same things Graham does. The 6'3/255, 10-year veteran is more of a lumberer up the seam than a playmaker. He did have three catches for 61 yards on four targets against the Patriots while Graham was hobbled. There's some high-end TE2 handcuff appeal in Watson as we wait for more details on Graham's injury.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 08:28:00 AM

Ben Watson caught three passes for 61 yards in Sunday's Week 6 loss at New England.

Watson came into this once with a total of five catches for 49 yards in the first five games. He saw a little bump in usage with Jimmy Graham bottled up by Aqib Talib in the first half and an ankle injury in the second half. But with the Saints on a bye, Graham should be fine. Watson isn't worth an add.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 08:52:00 PM

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WR31Nick Toon
TE1Josh Hill
2Ben Watson
3Orson Charles
4Jack Tabb
5Kevin Brock
K1Dustin Hopkins
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