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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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Week 8: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Drew Brees played well for most of the contest in Detroit last week, slinging 28/45 for 342 yards passing, two TDs and one interception, while taking just one sack for -7 yards. Marques Colston (10 targets for 6/111/0 receiving) and Kenny Stills (five for 5/103/1) both went over 100 yards receiving, while Travaris Cadet took over Pierre Thomas' pass-catching back role (nine for 6/51/0) - Brandin Cooks handled just three targets for 2/23/0 receiving in a season-low outing. This week, the Saints will be in the friendly confines of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, though Brees will likely have Jimmy Graham only available in a limited role again this week (shoulder injury, zero catches last week). The wide receivers are getting more targets with Graham severely limited. The Packers' pass D is sixth in the NFL this year, with an average of 214.9 net passing yards allowed per game, and they have more interceptions (10, second in the NFL) than pass TDs given up (9). Green Bay has recorded 16 sacks (tied for 14th in the NFL) so far. Carolina was held to 22/39 for 223 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing last week (three sacks taken for -25 yards); Ryan Tannehill had two interceptions and two TDs thrown two games back while taking one sack for -7 yards (20/31 for 237 net yards passing). The Saints' passing attack is always potent at home, but they face a tougher-than-usual opponent in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
4 at DAL 1 7 0 0
5 vs TB 5 43 0 0
7 at DET 1 3 0 0
8 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 2 * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

Watson was targeted a number of times after Jimmy Graham left the game. He is clearly ahead of Hill as a blocker and is positioned to get a lot of snaps should Graham miss time. He is a reliable target with good hands and made a number of short catches exploiting the holes in the middle of the Tampa defense. Watson was targeted on a 2-point conversion attempt and made the catch, but was quickly dropped a couple yards short of the end zone. His lack of speed limits his upside and he worked exclusively within ten yards of the line of scrimmage.

2014 Week 7 vs DET (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Watson was used almost exclusively as a blocker against the tough Lions pass rush. He was targeted a couple times short over the middle but when Graham is able to play, Watson is a glorified 6th offensive lineman.

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Saints | Jimmy Graham to be game-time decision (Fri Oct 17, 04:16 PM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he won't know until just before kickoff Sunday, Oct. 19, if he'll play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. I think (coach) Sean (Payton) might try to see how Im doing on Sunday and maybe work me before the game to see where Im at, Graham, who was limited and listed as questionable for Sunday, said. As of right now I dont know. Head coach Sean Payton would not discuss whether Graham could be limited if he plays Sunday. TEs Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill will likely see an increase in snaps if Graham doesn't play.

Our View: Graham is a low-end boom/bust TE1 if he goes on Sunday, but lineups should be set without him. Drew Brees is a borderline QB1 without Graham, so if you're considering him and another solid option, Graham's status matters a lot there, too. Marques Colston has been identified as the candidate to pick up the most slack in the passing game if Graham is out.
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Schedule

8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers