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New Orleans Saints


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

Payton leaves door open for Sharper’s return

Posted Feb. 27, 2010 @ 9:53 a.m. ET
Saints FS Darren Sharper felt slighted by the team's decision to not use the franchise tag on him, but head coach Sean Payton said he still would like Sharper to be on the team in 2010.

Saints submit tender offers to 13 free agents

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 6:31 p.m. ET
The Saints have announced they made qualifying offers to 13 players who will become restricted free agents when the new league year begins March 5.

Report: Saints offer tenders to three players

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 11:01 a.m. ET
The Saints have offered one-year tenders to RFAs Zach Strief, Usama Young and Jermon Bushrod.

Report: Saints will not tag Sharper

Posted Feb. 22, 2010 @ 6:51 p.m. ET
The Saints will not use the franchise tag on Darren Sharper, according to a report, and he will become an unrestricted free agent on March 5 unless he and the team agree on a contract extension before then.

Top 10 stories of past NFL season

Posted Feb. 11, 2010 @ 10:57 a.m. ET
Even with uncertainty hovering over the future, a contrast of old and new came together to make the 2009 season a memorable one. PFW examines the 10 stories that dominated the NFL in the past year.

Bold, persistent Saints wore down Colts

Posted Feb. 08, 2010 @ 10:39 a.m. ET
The Saints' bold gambles, coupled with their execution in all three facets of the game, led to victory in Super Bowl XLIV, writes PFW's Mike Wilkening. 

Taking stock of a great Super Bowl win by the Saints

Posted Feb. 08, 2010 @ 1:13 a.m. ET
The Saints went through a gantlet of quarterbacks this season, cranked up to 11 in the playoffs, and came out world champs.

Saints stop Manning, top Colts 31-17

Posted Feb. 07, 2010 @ 10:03 p.m. ET
The New Orleans Saints stymied Peyton Manning, then intercepted him to seal the Super Bowl, rallying to beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday night.

Saints' Bush says 'anything is possible' with contract situation

Posted Feb. 07, 2010 @ 3:08 p.m. ET
Word is the Saints will release Reggie Bush after the season, but he said "anything is possible," when asked about his contract situation before the Super Bowl.

Kickers need focus on task at hand

Posted Feb. 06, 2010 @ 3:20 p.m. ET
It is impossible to overlook how missed field goals have marked this postseason, yet Colts 20-year veteran PK Matt Stover and Saints second-year PK Garrett Hartley have been very reliable in the playoffs.

Clark could be crucial weapon vs. Saints

Posted Feb. 06, 2010 @ 4:07 a.m. ET
PFW's Eric Edholm analyzes the expected battle between Colts TE Dallas Clark and Saints SS Roman Harper in the sixth and last of a daily series examining a matchup of the day leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.

Saints' Smith in a constant rush

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 1:56 p.m. ET
Saints DE Will Smith's motor might be his biggest asset when facing the challenge of pressuring the seemingly unflappable Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.

Nerves no issue for Saints, Payton says

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 1:35 p.m. ET
Saints head coach Sean Payton isn't worried about the Super Bowl stage being too big for his club. 

Williams hopes Manning feels 'remember-me' hits

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 9:45 a.m. ET
PFW's Eric Edholm analyzes the matchup between Colts QB Peyton Manning and Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in the fifth of a daily series examining a matchup of the day leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.

Logo for Super Bowl XLV unveiled

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 7:37 p.m. ET
During an unveiling of the logo for Super Bowl XLV, the NFL announced Thursday that, going forward, the basic design of future logos will remain static.

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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