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TE Ben Watson - Baltimore Ravens

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

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Watson suffered a torn achilles in August of 2016. In March 2017,h ead coach John Harbaugh said Watson is "probably ahead of schedule in his rehab".

Summary

Last preseason, Watson was looking like he was going to be the team's top tight end, but he tore his Achilles in the first preseason game. Coming off 74 receptions, 825 yards, and 7 touchdowns in 2015 (while with New Orleans), the injury came right in the middle of a rarely-seen late-career renaissance for a player who had just one 50+ reception season in the 11 he played prior to 2015. Watson's magical age 35 season represents 17% of his career reception total. And as Dennis Pitta showed in 2016, there was production to be had from Baltimore's tight end position. It's not a lock that Watson could have done more than what Pitta did, but the 8.5 yards per catch Pitta produced isn't a very high bar. Hopefully Watson can make it through camp healthy, but a 37 year-old coming off what has historically been a debilitating-for-football injury is far from a sure thing. (May 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 37, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34
TE Redraft PPR - 36, 27, 29, 29, 31, 33, 35

Stats and Projections

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2014 NO 16 20 136 2
2015 NO 16 74 825 6
2016 BAL 4 0 0 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 35 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 34 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 10 26 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 42 * *

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Latest News

Ravens | Benjamin Watson accepts pay cut (Tue Jun 13, 09:21 PM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Benjamin Watson agreed to restructure his contract last week, which dropped his base salary from $3 million to $1.25 million, according a source.

Our View: Watson missed all of last year due to an Achilles' injury. He is working his way back this offseason and could be the team's leading tight end with Dennis Pitta gone. Watson can make up to $3 million this season if he meets certain incentives.
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Ravens | Two Ravens back in action (Tue Jun 13, 11:55 AM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Benjamin Watson (Achilles') and TE Darren Waller (undisclosed) were back at practice Tuesday, June 13.

Our View: With Dennis Pitta gone, the Ravens need one of their tight ends to emerge. That could very well be Watson. A free agent addition in 2016, Watson's season was cut short by this Achilles' injury. Those aren't as devastating as they used to be, and Watson could be the lead tight end for the Ravens. He had 74 receptions, 825 yards, and 7 touchdowns in 2015 with the Saints but should not produce at that level in 2017. If healthy, projecting him for around 35 catches is more accurate.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Cincinnati Bengals
2vs Cleveland Browns
3@ Jacksonville Jaguars
4vs Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ Oakland Raiders
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Minnesota Vikings
8vs Miami Dolphins
9@ Tennessee Titans
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11@ Green Bay Packers
12vs Houston Texans
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17vs Cincinnati Bengals