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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 - 55, 38, 39, 40
TE Redraft PPR - 55, 38, 39, 39, 40

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 24 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 30 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 10 26 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 18 * *

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Latest News

Ravens | Benjamin Watson ahead of schedule (Wed May 17, 09:40 AM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Benjamin Watson (Achilles') said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles'. 'I'm at the point now where I'm very close,' Watson said earlier this month. 'I'm able to do pretty much everything to some extent. These last couple stages are very important about getting the strength back. The actual Achilles itself is intact.'

Our View: Achilles' injuries aren't as serious as they used to be, but it's not like Watson is getting any younger (age 36). The Ravens don't have a proven group of wide receivers (outside of Mike Wallace), so perhaps they'll be using more tight ends to move the chains. When healthy, Watson can be a reliable target across the field and in the red zone. He'll compete for targets with guys like Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams.
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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
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Green Bay Packers
12vs Houston Texans
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17vs Cincinnati Bengals