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TE Ben Watson - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 253Born: 12-18-1980College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 32

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Ben Watson is in the final season of his three-year deal from March 2013 and provides them a solid veteran presence as the back-up. Watson, the former first rounder drafted by New England in 2004, had several productive seasons for the Patriots and Browns and has 360 career receptions for 4,138 yards and 32 TDs. Watson's physical skills are not what they were as he enters his 12th NFL season at the age of 34, but he has always been a smart consistent player. He scored an amazing 48 on the wonderlic test, which was the highest score among NFL players at the time. His durability is a concern at his age, but he has missed only one game in two years with the Saints. (May 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 57, 39, 39
TE Redraft PPR - 50, 37, 38, 39, 39, 39
TE Dynasty - 55, 41, 45

Stats and Projections

2012 CLE 16 49 501 3
2013 NO 15 19 226 2
2014 NO 16 20 136 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 25 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 22 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 18 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 16 * *

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  Maurile Tremblay - May 11

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Saints | Josh Hill projected to start for Saints (Wed May 20, 03:21 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is slated as the starting tight end this season with TE Jimmy Graham now in Seattle. TE Benjamin Watson could give Hill a run for his money, however.

Our View: Watson isn't the same player he used to be while Hill is a player on the rise. His final year in college at Idaho State, Hill led the NCAA in receptions (70) for a tight end. He was an undrafted free agent for the Saints in 2013, and he's been working hard to impress in Graham's shadow. Hill only had 14 catches last year, but five of those were for touchdowns. He's a mid-range TE2 with low-end TE1 ability and opportunity.
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