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I interviewed Browns TE Benjamin Watson for "The Way We Hear It" on Thursday, and in the course of our discussion, we touched on a couple of subjects that didn't make my feature, so I'll share them here:
• On the subject of the mood around the Browns after their first win, Watson said that the win over the Bengals in Week Four generated "probably a little bit of fulfillment," considering all the work the team had put in to get that to that point, and also was something of "positive reinforcement," but "at the same time," Watson noted, "it's just one game."
• Watson played his first six seasons in New England before joining Cleveland in March. Changing teams alone is no small event, and there are logistical and personal challenges involved, too. In Watson's case, his decision to join the Browns came with his wife, Kirsten, nine months pregnant. The timing of the move, Watson said, was "rough," noting that the family's doctors were in the New England area, but he credited the Browns for being helpful in finding new doctors. Three weeks after moving to Cleveland, Watson said, Kirsten gave birth to a baby girl, Naomi. The couple has another daughter, Grace, who is 20 months old.
• With the Patriots trading WR Randy Moss to Minnesota this week, I asked Watson, who played with Moss for three seasons, for any notable practice or game memories of the star receiver. Watson recalled Moss' first practice in New England. "He runs out there, makes a deep catch, and I think everyone looked at each other like, 'Wow,' " said Watson, who remembered the public speculation that Moss perhaps had lost a step — something he disproved in his first practice. Watson also said Moss' knowledge of the game was remarkable. One specific example: the Patriots' 34-17 win over the Brownsin 2007. On one particular play, Watson remembered, the play call was for Watson and Moss to run seam routes, and in the huddle, Moss told Watson what the coverage was going to be and that Watson would be open. Indeed, Watson said, he was open, and the play went for a sizable gain.