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Benjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson - #82 - TE

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 3"/ 255 lbs.
Birthday 12/18/1980
Birthplace Norfolk, VA
College Georgia
Years played 10
Drafted 2004, 1st round, 32nd pick by Patriots

Saints re-sign Galette

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 1:31 p.m. ET
The Saints announced a three-year contract for restricted free-agent LB Junior Galette on Saturday.

New Orleans Saints: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 6:16 p.m. ET
We highlight the top three needs on offense and defense for the New Orleans Saints, and take a look back at their 2012 draft class.

Chargers claim CB Patrick

Posted Feb. 20, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m. ET
The Chargers claimed CB Johnny Patrick off waivers from the Saints on Wednesday.

Saints release TE Thomas, CB Patrick

Posted Feb. 19, 2013 @ 4:07 p.m. ET
The Saints released TE David Thomas and waived CB Johnny Patrick, the team announced Tuesday.

Saints hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator

Posted Feb. 09, 2013 @ 10:50 a.m. ET
The Saints hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced Saturday.

Grantham withdraws from consideration for Saints' DC job

Posted Feb. 08, 2013 @ 7:33 p.m. ET
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham released a statement Friday withdrawing his name from consideration for the Saints' defensive coordinator position.

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m. ET
PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain takes an early stab at ranking the NFL's divisions for 2013, led by the NFC South.

Williams gets reinstated, joins Titans' staff

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 12:07 p.m. ET
The NFL has reinstated former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has joined the Titans’ staff as a senior assistant/defense.

In New Orleans, an unwelcome mat for Goodell

Posted Jan. 26, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m. ET
Roger Goodell shouldn't expect an overly friendly welcome from New Orleans residents, many of whom are still angry about the "bountygate" suspensions.

Saints fire Spagnuolo, Flajole

Posted Jan. 24, 2013 @ 6:39 p.m. ET
The Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole, the team announced Thursday evening.

Former NFL kicker Erxleben charged with fraud

Posted Jan. 24, 2013 @ 3:24 p.m. ET
Federal authorities say former NFL PK Russell Erxleben has been charged with running an illegal investment scheme that raised more than $2 million.

NFL reinstates Saints coach Payton

Posted Jan. 22, 2013 @ 11:38 a.m. ET
The NFL has reinstated Saints coach Sean Payton, ending his season-long suspension that was handed down for his involvement in the bounty scandal.

Super Bowl plus Mardi Gras? It's called Super Gras

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 2:04 p.m. ET
New Orleans is bracing for record crowds as the biggest sporting event of the year, the NFL Super Bowl, collides with Mardi Gras season.

Kromer, DeCamillis to join Trestman's staff

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:01 p.m. ET
Aaron Kromer will reunite with Marc Trestman and join the Bears as their new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

Saints sign WR Parker, DE Richardson

Posted Jan. 04, 2013 @ 5:53 p.m. ET
The Saints signed WR Preston Parker and DE Jay Richardson to reserve/futures contracts on Friday.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Dec. 16, 2011
The Browns placed Watson on injured reserve, ending his season with three games left. Watson suffered his third concussion since July last week against the Steelers.||||||| Watson, who was Cleveland's leading receiver last season and had 37 catches this year, visited a specialist on head injuries earlier this week. "He's disappointed," said coach Pat Shurmur, who has spoken with Watson. "But it's the right course of action right now. He wishes he could still be with us but we'll make this move now and hopefully get him back next year." Shurmur said Watson did not discuss the possibility of retiring with him.
Posted Oct. 23, 2011
Watson is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.||||||| Both players were hurt in Cleveland's win on Sunday over Seattle. Coach Pat Shurmur said Massaquoi and Watson, who have a combined 38 receptions, both attended team meetings Tuesday and neither have yet been ruled out of this week's game in San Francisco.
Posted Sept. 26, 2011
Watson caught a team-high five passes for 52 yards in a 17-16 win Sunday over winless Miami.||||||| Watson is tied for the team lead with 10 receptions.
Posted July 30, 2011
Watson walked off the Cleveland Browns practice field after taking a blow to the back of the head.||||||| New coach Pat Shurmur said Saturday that Watson apparently took a knee to the back of his helmet during the team's first practice. Watson slipped to the ground on the turf and was hit. He went to the sidelines, then slowly walked to the locker room, accompanied by trainers.
Posted Dec. 20, 2010
Watson caught a game-high seven passes for 92 yards in Sunday's 19-17 loss in Cincinnati.||||||| Watson bounced back after a one-catch, eight-yard performance in Week 14 and is a decent option at the tight end position as long as Colt McCoy remains under center.

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