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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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Ben Watson had two catches for 12 yards in Week 2 against the Bucs.
He continued to play ahead of Josh Hill, who was held to one catch. Watson has five catches for 21 yards through two games. Sep 20 - 6:11 PM

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Ben Watson secured 3-of-5 targets for 19 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

He played ahead of Josh Hill (zero targets), but was a bit option in New Orleans' passing game. Watson turns 35 years old later this season.
Sep 13 - 7:53 PM

Ben Watson caught a nine-yard pass in the Saints' third preseason game.

As he has all camp, Watson operated as an every-down tight end with the Saints' first-team offense. He caught a nine-yard pass on New Orleans' opening possession, getting the offense in scoring position. Watson continued to play ahead of Josh Hill and has a chance to be a viable streamer against sub-par defenses this year. Watson has a 3-21-1 receiving line this preseason. Watson's season-long ceiling remains low going on age 35.
Aug 30 - 5:36 PM

Drew Brees stated "adamantly" Wednesday that Ben Watson is the Saints' starting tight end.

Josh Hill will be a sub-package tight end who enters in 12 personnel. The Saints are primarily a three-receiver ("11") team, and have been working with Watson in those formations with Brandon Coleman, Brandin Cooks, and Marques Colston at wideout. Hill is going to have a tough time carving out meaningful fantasy value as a rotational player. Watson turns 35 later this year.
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

Ben Watson is listed as the No. 1 tight end on the Saints' first depth chart of the preseason.

Josh Hill is the No. 2, and is expected to be a "sub-package" tight end. Watson has been so involved in Saints practices as a pass catcher that it might be time to consider him as a TE3 at the end of MFL10 drafts. Watson turns 35 later this year, however. He's difficult to support as a re-draft asset.
Aug 10 - 3:49 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Khiry Robinson
4Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1C.J. Spiller
2Mark Ingram
FB1Austin Johnson
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Willie Snead
WR21Marques Colston
2Brandon Coleman
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Ben Watson
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Tim Lelito
2Tony Hills
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Jahri Evans
2Mike McGlynn
RT1Zach Strief
2Andrus Peat
K1Zach Hocker