TE Ben Watson - New England Patriots
|6-3, 253||Born: 12-18-1980||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2004|
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Knocking off the rust with a pass clanging off his face mask, Watson caught a few passes including a nice 4th down conversion, but didn't do much else. He may not be a full time player with the Pats WR corps getting back on track health and depth wise, but he's the primary pass catching tight end and that won't change.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Watson had a really nice 26 yard converting catch while sliding, but wasn't targeted much beyond that. He also blocked reasonably well on a few plays.
2019 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson's big highlight was dropping a deep pass as he fell to the ground. A night to forget with 28 total yards.
2018 Week 1 vs TB (4 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
The ball was flying all over the place today, but Watson did not play a major role in that. He was targeted 4 times and hauled in every ball that came his way. He was limited to under 50-yards and almost half of his total came on a single play. Brees launched a pass 19 yards down the sideline and Watson came down with it falling forward for another 2 yards. Watson did not play a major role in the red zone and Thomas and Kamara took most of that work. Brees has historically done well with very athletic tight ends but it may take some more time to build chemistry and get Watson going.
2018 Week 2 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Brees has had a hard time connecting with his tight ends since Jimmy Graham left and that continued today with Watson. The entire offense struggled but these two really did not connect. A prime example is their failed touchdown connection in the first quarter. The Saints lined up in a power running set with an additional lineman reporting as eligible. Watson leaked through the blitzing linebackers into the end zone after they bit on the play action. All Brees had to do was float the ball to Watson but he over threw his tight end on what should have been an easy touch down. There is no visible yelling or discord between the two on the field or sideline, but there is clearly a disconnect between the two. Coby Fleener was run out of town after last season when he could not connect with Brees and Watson does not seem to be too far off that early this season.
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
After not showing any real chemistry in the first 2 weeks, Brees and Watson seemed to be in the same page this week. The big tight end had more targets, receptions, and yards than any other game this season. He also had his longest play with a 27-yard reception. This play helped setup an eventual field goal but was also disappointing. Brees hit a diving Watson down the right hash mark and setup a 1st and goal from the 6-yard line. The Saints were unable to punch it in and settled for a field goal. It was very encouraging to see Watson getting involved in the offense after not being featured much in the first 2 weeks. There is a lot of competition for targets in New Orleans, but Watson remains the best option from the tight end spot.
2018 Week 4 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
After putting together a much better game with Brees last week, the TE/QB duo regressed this week. Watson only managed to snare 1 of his 3 targets this week albeit for 23 yards. He did get an opportunity in the red zone just before half time to cash in for a touchdown. Watson had a free release into the flat but lost ground to the safety towards the side line. Brees threw a perfect ball into his arms just ahead of the coverage, but Watson could not complete the catch to the ground and it popped free as he rolled out of bounds. This is the kind of catch he is expected to make or he will risk losing snaps and targets. Backup tight end Josh Hill led the team in receiving yards this week but is not expected to push Watson for playing time just yet.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Watson pulled in all 4 of his targets this week but he was unable to do very much with them. His longest play of the day was 9 yards and he was not featured in any of the goal line work. With the return of Mark Ingram, the Saints committed to running the ball more and used Josh Hill as the blocking tight end. Watson is still the starter, but he is going to need to prove his worth or he may find his tenure in New Orleans to be a short one.
2018 Week 7 vs BAL (6 / 6 / 43 / 1 rec)
After all the talk of chemistry and a potential short tenure in New Orleans, Watson and Brees finally looked to be on the same page this week. The duo connected on all 6 of their targets and came down with the first touchdown of the game. Watson was 3rd on the team in receiving yards this week and tied for 2nd in targets. His 1-yard touchdown catch came off the same play action play they failed to convert earlier in the season. The Saints lined up in a power run formation on the 1-yard line, faked the ball to Mark Ingram, and Brees found Watson wide open in the back of the end zone. This is the type of showing we expected to see from Brees and Watson this season and hopefully it marks a turning of the page in their season together.
2018 Week 9 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 62 / 1 rec)
There has not been a lot to celebrate for Watson and Brees so far this season. The pair has not seemed to click on offense and there was even a time when Josh Hill was getting more looks than Watson. That all changed today with the most productive game by Watson as a Saint. He was third on the team in targets and second in receiving yards. He had a long 32-yard reception as well as a 13-yard touchdown reception. The 32-yard catch came on an out and up route deep down the right sideline with Watson going up and over his defender for the catch. The 13-yard touchdown looked like a broken play that just happened to go right for the Saints. Brees went through his play action motion and was greeted by a Rams defender right in his face. As he backpedaled, he heaved a prayer of a pass up in the air that happened to fall right over the shoulder of Watson who had started to sprint towards the corner of the end zone. It was perfect placement for the pass, but it was not the original design of the play. Watson celebrated by putting the ball under his jersey as an announcement that his wife was pregnant.
2018 Week 10 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
It ended up being a very quiet game for Watson as he ended up with a single yard on his lone reception, but that does not tell the full story. That lone reception was originally ruled a touchdown but was eventually reviewed and overturned to rule him down at the 1-yard line. His other target was a Tebow-style jump pass from Taysom Hill. The ball was just behind Watson and he tried to one-hand it in the back of the end zone. He managed to pull it down before it bounced off his face mask for an incompletion. Watson was a few inches away from having a 2-touchdown game, but instead wound up with a single reception for 1 yard. The NFL can truly be a game of inches.
2018 Week 11 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was another banner day for the Saints offense, but Watson played no part in that. He did not register a single target and was out played by tight ends Taysom Hill, Austin Carr, and Josh Hill. It is a very thin group of receivers for New Orleans, but with the way Drew Brees played anyone could have caught a touchdown.
2018 Week 12 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
It was another quiet game for the big tight end this week. After finally showing some signs of life in the recent weeks, Watson fell behind again this week. He had 1 great 20-yard grab for a first down and dropped his only other target. The Saints offense went through its backups this week and Watson did not have to do very much. Watson is still a weapon for the saints despite the down season.
2018 Week 13 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It has been a steady decline all season for Watson. Despite the lack of big time weapons in the receiving core this year, the Saints have gotten away from using Watson in recent weeks. The big tight end only played 38% of offensive snaps this week and did not have a single target. The Saints have been using their backup tight ends in recent weeks and this could be a sign that they plan to move away from him in the off season. He has not been the big-time weapon they expected when they signed him.
2018 Week 14 vs TB (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Watson caught all 3 of his targets this week but did not play a major factor in the game. Despite the lack of receiving depth, Watson has not emerged in the Saints offense. His longest catch today was 11 yards and he was a non-factor in the red zone. It has been a disappointing season for the big tight end with Brees utilizing other tight ends in the offense. The skill set does not seem to matchup with what the Saints are trying to do right now. With Taysom Hill and Josh Hill bidding for time, Watson may be the odd man out at the end of the season.
2018 Week 15 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
It was a very slow day for Watson again this week. He was still 4th on the team in receiving yards and did not have any tight ends ahead of him on the list, but he still only had a single reception. Watson caught a 28-yard pass down the seam for a big first down but was quiet the rest of the game. The Saints ran a similar play later in the game where Brees threw his interception, but it was Dan Arnold on the receiving end instead of Watson. The Saints struggled in the red zone this week and neglected to use Watson at all. The passing game has struggled in recent weeks and Watson has not done much to help it. He is still a very valuable weapon that is just not being used right now.
2018 Week 17 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
In what will be Watson's last regular season game in the NFL, he announced his retirement after the season earlier in the week, Watson made a few plays but did not do anything spectacular. He did not serve as the safety blanket for Bridgewater this week but did make the longest catch of the night for the Saints. Watson broke an 18-yard reception up the seam on his way to 29 yards receiving on 2 catches. The Saints went back to this same play later in the game and the ball was underthrown by Bridgewater and intercepted. Watson never seemed to click with Brees this season, but still has a great shot at a Super Bowl with the team.
2017 Week 2 vs CLE (8 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson stepped into the Dennis Pitta role and provided Flacco with a matchup weapon against linebackers as the Browns sold out to stop the Ravens run game. Watson picked up 13 yards releasing into the flat off of play action. Watson showed the ability to improvise with Flacco working to sideline after initially being covered and hauling in a leaping 20 yard reception. Watson picked up 23 more yards as the Browns brought heavy pressure and left Watson uncovered down the seam. Watson ran a nice double move over the middle for 13 yards. Watson converted a 3rd and 6 with a nice contested catch for 7 yards. Watson beat his man to the sideline running an out route for 12 yards.
2017 Week 3 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 12 / 1 rec)
Ben Watson made a 4 yard catch to pick up the Ravens first first down. Watson had a 7 yard catch negated by penalty. Watson outflanked his man off of play action and caught a 6 yard touchdown from Ryan Mallett late in the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson continues to function as security blanket over the middle for Flacco. Watson showed his ability to make contested catches over the middle and Flacco showed willingness to target Watson in tight coverage. Watson made his first catch releasing in the flat off play action for 9 yards. Watson gained 5 yards running a quick out route against the blitz. Watson left the game following the play and was evaluated for a concussion but returned to action. Watson made a nice grab over the middle with Ryan Shazier in tight coverage. Watson made another nice contested catch for an 11 yard gain. Watson picked up 8 yards making a catch underneath.
2017 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was targeted on two consecutive plays in the end zone but both passes fell incomplete. Flacco missed Watson who was wide open 10 yard downfield. This was the first time this season Watson and Flacco did not appear to be on the same page.
2017 Week 6 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was used on a number of short passes but was unable to create any yards after the catch. Watson had a potential touchdown hit his hands but the pass was knocked away by Kyle Fuller. Watson made a nice catch in traffic for a 13 yard gain.
2017 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson beat his man down the seam and connected with Flacco for 20 yards. Watson had three catches on the Ravens final possession with game well out of hand including the 20 yard gain.
2017 Week 8 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
Watson caught his first target in the flat for 4 yards. Ben Watson came wide open for an easy 2 yard touchdown with Kiko Alonso in coverage. Watson was again targeted in the end zone but Mallett's pass was deflected.
2017 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson saw a high volume of underneath targets and was largely unproductive. Watson beat his man over the middle and picked up 13 yards on 3rd and 8. Ben Watson made an impressive athletic play to haul in a 16 yard completion. Watson made a 6 yard catch to convert a 4th down and short.
2017 Week 12 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson made a nice back shoulder catch down the seam for 16 yards. Watson made his second catch running a curl and got up field for 10 yards. Watson caught a dump off from Flacco for 3 yards.
2017 Week 13 vs DET (5 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
Ben Watson came wide open off of play action running a shallow cross for an 18 yard gain. Watson again got open off of play action for a 1 yard touchdown. Watson made a physical play to pick up 5 yards on 3rd and 4 against tight coverage. Ben Watson dropped what would have been at least a 15 yard gain.
2017 Week 15 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)
Ben Watson had one of his strongest games of the season against the Browns. Watson ran a curl over the middle for a 9 yard gain on his first target. Watson made a nice back shoulder catch for a 14 yard gain up the seam. Ben Watson fought through traffic over the middle running a crossing route and got wide open for a 33 yard catch and run touchdown. Watson came wide open again running the exact same route as his touchdown for an 18 yard gain.
2017 Week 16 vs IND (6 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Watson once again looked spry for his age, and was involved early in the red zone with a first down reception. He broke tackles on another reception, but also had an ugly drop. His production was modest because of the involvement of the other two tight ends, but Watson is still an important target for Joe Flacco.
2017 Week 17 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)
Watson was a steady part of the offense in the short zones, catching most of his targets to keep the team in a manageable down and distance, but he didn't have any impact plays.
2015 Week 1 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Watson began his day by moving the chains on an eight-yard out route late in the first quarter. He ran a crossing route for a gain of seven on his next catch before stumbling out of bounds. Watson again worked underneath the defense for a gain of four across the field near the end of the first half, and didn't haul in a pass thereafter. Watson was nothing more than an afterthought offensively, as it was clear that Brees never looked in his direction early in his progressions. He offers more real-life value than in fantasy, and the lack of a target to Josh Hill says as much about the New Orleans utilization of the TE position as there is to know.
2015 Week 2 vs TB (4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Watson got his hands on the ball for the first time with five minutes to play in the third quarter. It was a play-action dumpoff into the right flat that picked up four yards. He also caught a short dumpoff for eight yards in New Orleans' no-huddle attack over the middle of the field. Plays are obviously not being called for him, as Watson is nothing more than a safety valve.
2015 Week 3 vs CAR (4 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Watson's biggest day of the the young season began with a ten yard out route late in the first quarter to move the chains. The ball went back to the veteran right end on the next play, a short pass to the right flat for three yards. Watson caught a 20 yard seam route on a third-and-long that initially reached first down yardage, but was overturned upon review and fell one yard short. Late in the third quarter, he found space underneath the defense as a checkdown option for eight yards, but coughed up the ball upon being hit by Thomas Davis. He caught all four targets, proving mostly reliable until surrendering the fumble. Watson remains a low-end TE2.
2015 Week 4 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Watson caught all of his targets. His short routes were success outside of being stopped short of the first down marker on a third down crossing route. With Josh Hill getting the goal line touchdown, Watson's upside was limited this week.
2015 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Watson moved the chains on New Orleans' first drive of the day, catching a 21 yard corner route from a bunch formation. Watson was able to capitalize on miscommunication from the Philadelphia defense late in the subsequent drive, catching a quick six-yard flat route before turning it up field for a relatively easy touchdown. Watson's final catch did not come until much later, midway through the fourth, when he sat down in the Philadelphia defense for nine yards. Watson is a capable veteran on a team that appears short on them at this stage.
2015 Week 6 vs ATL (12 / 10 / 127 / 1 rec)
Watson was involved early and often, and his first catch of the game came on a dumpoff for eight yards over the middle. His second catch was a rollout off play-action that went for four yards. Watson caught a critical third down in the two-minute drill, leaving his feet for the leaping reception of 13 yards. The ball went right back to the veteran tight end on the next play, another leaping catch down the seam for 16 yards. A third consecutive catch, Watson gained inside leverage on a safety by running across the field for 28 yards before being pushed out of bounds. A screen went back to Watson two plays later off left tackle for three yards. The heavy involvement continued on the following play, a highly thrown pass that could have been caught in a wide open zone, but fell to the turf for an unsuccessful third down. Watson continued to be Brees' favorite target to open the second half, catching his first pass on a deep play-action corner route for 22 yards. He got back into the action on another play-action rollout, finding space across the formation for 17 more yards. Watson put an exclamation point on his fantasy deep with a play-action pop pass off a FB dive for a wide open two-yard score. His final reception on the career day, going for 14 yards on yet another play-action rollout from Drew Brees. Every bit of his career day was necessary for a win against the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons, who couldn't find an answer for Watson all night long. He's more likely to go catchless next week than repeat this performance, but his role as Brees' favorite possession TE appears safe.
2015 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Watson's first catch came late in the first quarter on a fake field goal pass from Luke McCown. He found a wide open zone in Indianapolis' special teams coverage for 25 yards. Watson's second reception was a lot like his first in principle, a play-action pass across the formation in which he settled in a wide open zone for 25 yards. He caught a dumpoff pass on a shallow crossing route for three yards midway through the third period, but fell well short of first-down yardage. Watson's final catch was another short completion where he sat down in a vacant zone over the middle of the field for six yards and a new set of downs. He was bound to have a significant dropoff in production after last week's career effort, but Watson is clearly Brees' most trusted option as a safety valve TE.
2015 Week 8 vs NYG (10 / 9 / 147 / 1 rec)
Watson got in on the action midway through the first quarter, hauling in a back-shoulder pass on a beautifully thrown ball down the right seam for New Orleans' second chain-mover of the day. As Brees extended the play out of the pocket, Watson posted up defender Trevin Wade for a 46-yard gain down the right sideline to jumpstart his team's third series. Watson ran a shallow crosser midway through the second quarter, settling down in a soft spot for eight yards and a new set of downs. A few plays later, Watson quickly uncovered up the right seam for six quick yards. The veteran tight end picked up where he left off early in the second half, finding space between two linebackers over the middle for 17. On the following possession, Watson once again ran a shallow crossing pattern for a modest gain of four to set up a third-and-long. Very late in the third, Watson ran a seam pattern for a 20-yard touchdown. He beat Devon Kennard up the field, and Landon Collins was late to react over the top, making for a relatively easy pitch-and-catch. Midway through the fourth, Watson ran another short stick pattern from the right slot, settling down in front of coverage for five yards and a new set of downs. On the following, game-tying touchdown drive, Watson shook Landon Collins over the middle of the field and proved tough to tackle for a huge 16-yard pickup on third down. Watson's breakthrough two weeks ago against Atlanta may not have been as fluky as many initially presumed. A trusted option in a suddenly lights-out option, Watson is a perfect veteran to take what the defense gives him over the middle. He won't play such soft defenses every week, but deserves to be added as a mid-range TE2.
2015 Week 9 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Watson's first catch came midway through the opening period, a 12-yard hookup to the back shoulder in which he was split out to the right boundary. He flashed impressive hands late into the second quarter, running a 19-yard seam route from the right slot to move the chains. The veteran TE sat down in the middle of a Tennessee zone just a few plays later, picking up 10 yards. Midway through the third, Watson caught a nine-yard seam route in New Orleans' hurry-up attack to prevent a possible challenge. Staying involved late into the third, Watson ended his receiving day with another short checkdown over the middle for 10. Continuing his breakout season, Ben Watson is another option for Drew Brees to give defenses headaches with over the middle of the field. His role is secure as a consistent TE in a high volume offense.
2015 Week 10 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
On the first play from scrimmage, Watson opened his relatively quiet day with a play-action reception in the right flat for eight yards. Early in the second half, he sat down in the middle of the field as a safety valve for seven yards. Watson moved the chains on the following play with a short out-route from the right slot for four. Clearly the team's top option at TE, Watson is a reliable safety valve for an offense that needs to throw the ball as much as possible. His secure role in a career year makes him a lower-end TE1 for the rest of the fantasy season.
2015 Week 12 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Watson's first action came on a short stick route to the right slot, a four-yard gain midway through the second quarter. Two plays later, he ran an intermediate out-route to the right sideline for eight yards to set up a manageable field goal. Late in the third period, Brees was able to step up in the pocket and hit his safety valve, Watson, for 15 yards and a dearly needed first down. The veteran tight end ran a corner route to the right sideline for 26 yards and a critical first down in the fourth quarter. A lone bright spot on a discouraging offense, Watson's career year lends low-end TE1 value for the next few weeks of the regular season.
2015 Week 13 vs CAR (8 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Without doing anything spectacular, Benjamin Watson provided a nice target for Drew Brees throughout. A 16-yard catch on a shallow crossing route was nullified by a holding penalty, but Watson was able to get into the end zone on a well-designed play. Lined up in a bunch formation, he was able to run free into the end zone after the other two receivers confused the free safety with their route combination. The Panthers appeared to bust the coverage, allowing Watson to catch an easy pass from Brees.
2015 Week 14 vs TB (11 / 7 / 70 / 0 rec)
Watson's first reception came on the fourth play of the day, a short two yard dump-off in the middle of the field off play-action. Just two downs later, Watson ran a wheel route up the left sideline for 26 yards to move his team into the redzone. Early in the second quarter on the successive drive, Watson ran a post route from the right slot for 19 yards to take the ball to the Tampa Bay three yard-line. Late in the first half, Watson snuck out of the backfield to catch a well-blocked screen pass for nine yards. The ball went back to the veteran tight end on the following play, as he leaped over his defender for seven yards near the left sideline to pick up a critical first down. Watson's next reception came late in the third quarter when he ran a short stick pattern to the right seam, plucking the ball out of the air between two defenders for five yards. A second effort reaching over the sticks was enough for Ben Watson late in the fourth quarter, as he took a rollout to the right flat for two yards to keep the game-ending drive intact. The reliable safety valve is a mid-range TE1 with a reasonably high floor.
2015 Week 15 vs DET (12 / 6 / 49 / 1 rec)
Watson didn't break into the game until New Orleans' second drive of half #2, when he sat down shallowly in the left seam for eight yards. To open the fourth period, Watson ran a slant route from the left sideline for ten yards. Watson won his isolated matchup with a LB late in the fourth quarter to gain nine yards and keep New Orleans' scant hopes alive. Continuing to feast on LBs over the middle, Watson ran across the field for 11 more yards. Watson reached the one with a ten-yard route up the left seam. He ran mostly uncovered to the right flat for a one-yard touchdown, salvaging a decent day for fantasy owners with garbage-time centric production. The consistent if unspectacular TE1 remains relevant for fantasy championships.
2015 Week 16 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Watson's lone reception occurred midway through the second quarter, a five-yard stick route to the right seam. It was a very disappointing day for Watson in fantasy championship week, but it does little to take away from his career year as a receiving weapon.
2015 Week 17 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 59 / 1 rec)
Watson's first catch came midway through the first quarter in which he ran a vertical route up the left seam for 22 yards deep into Atlanta's red zone. He ran a wheel route up the left boundary from an in-line position, beating Charles Godfrey to the corner of the end zone for an athletic 13-yard touchdown. Watson stayed busy as a receiver early in the second half, running a shallow stick route to the right seam for five yards to set up third-and-medium. He continued as Brees' trusted checkdown option for seven yards early in the fourth to keep the offense on schedule. He caught a similar stick route as described earlier later on this possession for five yards to set up third-and-short. His receiving day, and year, finished with yet another dumpoff to the left flat for seven yards to precede third-and-short. Brees looked back in his direction on the following down, but a solid defensive play prevented the first down late in the fourth. Watson will hit free agency after his career year in New Orleans, but it's also possible he hangs up his cleats and chooses retirement. The veteran tight end provided a capable seam option for various offenses throughout the year, and 2015 will be remembered as his best campaign to date.
2014 Week 1 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watson had only one target. He caught a screen pass releasing late after blocking, but the play was well covered and he did not gain any yardage.
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.
2014 Week 8 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watson got plenty of playing time with the Saints regularly lining up with three TEs, but he was not targeted at all in the passing game. When Graham plays, Watson is an afterthought in the passing game.
2014 Week 9 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Watson caught one short pass but was used almost exclusively as a blocker.
2014 Week 10 vs SF (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Watson played nearly half the snaps and was used primarily as a blocker. He did get a couple chances as a pass catcher though. He had an opportunity to make a play in the end zone on a well-thrown ball from Brees but the coverage was good and Watson was unable to come down with the catch. Watson made a nice move to beat press coverage at the line but just did not have the burst to create enough separation to make the play.
2014 Week 13 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 15 / 1 rec)
Watson scored the first touchdown of the game. He lined up out left in a stack formation behind Jimmy Graham. With the Steelers in zone coverage, multiple defenders went with Graham, which left Watson wide open in the front corner of the end zone. While Watson was wide open, he did do a nice job of making sure he got both feet down in bounds on a throw to the outside.
2014 Week 14 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Watson had a bit more involvement than usual in the Saints passing offense as he was targeted down the seam a couple times early. On one opportunity, it looked as though Roman Harper should have been flagged for interference but no call was made. Watson got into the end zone late with the Saints trailing by 38. He lined up on the right side of the line and worked his way across the middle to find a spot in the Panthers' zone. Brees hit him in stride and he dove into the end zone for the score.
2014 Week 17 vs TB (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Watson made a couple tough catches and even showed a little bit of run after the catch ability. He is still a dependable blocker and solid receiving option at age 34.
2013 Week 1 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was targeted three times and caught passes on all three attempts. He was wide open on two of the three receptions. He totaled 31 yards, with a long play of 16 yards.
2013 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
TE Ben Watson was targeted on the Saints' first play from scrimmage and made a nice reception on a quick release for a 14-yard gain. He was later targeted deep down the middle, but Brees slightly overthrew the pass. . On the last play of the first quarter, Watson was beaten on the edge allowing Brees to be sacked for the second time in the game. Watson was targeted twice and had only the game opening catch.
2013 Week 4 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Watson caught a short pass for a 12-yard gain, but the play was lost by an offensive holding call. Watson finally caught a pass on a tight end screen and dove across the line right at the pylon for Brees' third TD pass on the night.
2013 Week 5 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was targeted once in the game, but did not make the catch.
2013 Week 6 vs NE (4 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson ran wide open deep across the middle and was hit in stride by Brees for a gain 25 yards. Watson again found an opening deep for a 32-yard reception that set the Saints up at the Patriots' 12-yard line. Watson caught another pass for a 4 yard gain late in the 4th quarter. He caught three passes on four targets.
2013 Week 8 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was targeted only three times, but caught all three and averaged 15 ypc
2013 Week 9 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was on the field when the Saints opened the game and had a first quarter target. He was surrounded by three Jet defenders though and the pass was intercepted. It was his only target on the day.
2013 Week 10 vs DAL (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Watson had a target and a reception on the Saints second scoring drive, gaining 5 yards and a first down. He later drew a defensive holding penalty that gave the Saints another first down. Watson had his hands on a long pass in the end zone, but failed to make the catch and suffered a concussion on the play as his helmet slammed into the turf.
2013 Week 12 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Watson saw significant time in two-tight end sets in this game and the Saints ran a lot of double crossing routes with its tight ends. Watson scored on a third-down cross in the back of the end zone, catching a nice touch pass placed over the head of safety Thomas DeCoud. This was really the only significant play he made as a receiver. Later in the game, he flashed open on a crossing route against DeCoud but the safety did a good job undercutting the route and tipping the ball away.
2013 Week 14 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson got open down the seam and Brees hit him in stride for a gain of 20 yards and a first down.
2013 Week 15 vs STL (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson was targeted once in the first half on a tight end screen, but Brees was pressured and the play was well covered and Brees simply threw the pass away. Watson caught a short pass over the middle in the third quarter for a gain of 8 yards. He caught another pass over the middle for a gain of 4 yards as the Saints began their first TD drive late in the 3rd quarter.
2013 Week 16 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson caught one pass for a big gain. He ran a drag route, after hesitating for a blocking assignment and was hit in stride by Brees. Watson continued across the field avoiding tacklers to gain 22 yards and a first down.
2013 Week 18 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson had two targets on the game and made one catch on a deep pass for a gain of 27 yards and a first down. Watson was primarily used as a blocker and was effective most of the game, including when he sealed the edge on the Saints first play of the game allowing Ingram to get outside for a long gain.
2013 Week 19 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watson was on the field often, but had only one target. Brees threw Watson a screen pass on the Saints first possession of the second half. The play looked promising, but the defense closed fast and Watson was tackled for no gain.
2012 Week 1 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Watson had two receptions for only nine yards and was rarely targeted.
2012 Week 2 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Watson's only catch came late in the game with the Browns in catch up mode but he made the most of it. The 27 yard gain included him carrying 2-3 defenders for the last 5 yards.
2012 Week 3 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
Watson got another start this week and led the team in targets with 8, but he was only able to convert 4 of those into receptions. He doesn't appear to have the great speed he used to have and he's also not being used very often on any deep routes down the seam either as he gained just 15 yards on his 4 catches.
2012 Week 4 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
It was Watson's day to shine, not Jordan Cameron's, as he converted a big third down for Weeden in the Browns' first scoring drive. On a crosser, Watson took a big hit from Bernard Pollard but hung onto the ball. He was again a reliable target for Weeden on the Browns' fourth quarter drives. While the veteran was largely overlooked by the Ravens' defense, steady hands count for a lot on this team. Watson could be in line for more targets, especially if Massaquoi is out again.
2012 Week 6 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
Watson's first target was a blown screen pass. His first reception was a quick pass underneath in the flat on third and 15. Watson was tackled instantly. He was wide open in the endzone when the Browns ran an out route off of play action at the goalline. Watson had very little to do for his touchdown run as the play-action dragged his defender out of coverage and he was left alone in the endzone. Weeden floated a simple pass to him for a simple reception.
2012 Week 7 vs IND (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Watson caught a potential touchdown pass in this game, but it was called back by a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on teammate Josh Cribbs. Watson found room to run after the catch on two occasions: Once on a crossing route to get out-of-bounds during the first half two-minute drill and another on a hot route adjustment against a blitz. Watson read the blitz and was in a mismatch against a much slower linebacker in coverage. Weeden found him for a big 25-yard gain.
2012 Week 8 vs SD (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Watson had just one catch in the game, but could have had a far bigger performance if not for some inaccuracy by QB Brandon Weeden. Watson got wide open after getting a couple of steps behind his defender for what could have been an easy 37-yard touchdown, but Weeden put a bit too much air under the ball. Watson barely managed to get a hand on it before it fell incomplete.
2012 Week 9 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Watson caught a crossing route underneath before turning upfield for the first down. Watson caught a second pass that was almost a carbon copy of his first.
2012 Week 11 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 47 / 2 rec)
Watson was the target of some of the biggest plays of the Browns' passing game, but also the most potential interceptions. Watson staked Cleveland to an early lead with his tough, full-extension touchdown catch. After hauling in the red zone reception, Watson took a shot in the end zone. He hung for the first of his two scores on the day. His second score came on a beautiful throw-and-catch post route, which shredded the Dallas secondary late in the game. Watson was the main target that had would-be interceptions written all over them. Weeden missed Watson on two occasions, both of which would have been backbreaking turnovers. Considering that Jordan Cameron played a much smaller role this week, Watson is an intriguing fill-in for teams with injury issues at tight end in the coming weeks.
2012 Week 12 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Watson's first catch was spectacular. He beat Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons on an out route, but the throw led him slightly too far. Watson laid out and made a diving catch to convert a third down play that led to a field goal.
2012 Week 13 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)
Watson was Weeden's favorite outlet receiver against Oakland. Early in the game, their timing was off as Weeden missed him on two straight targets with high throws, the second turning into an easy interception in scoring range. Watson went on to catch six of his final seven targets and gain good yardage after the catch. He showed off a wicked stiff arm for 15 additional yards on one reception and nearly gained a first down on a hopelessly short target on third-and-14. Watson's six receptions and 80 yards in this game both marked season highs for the tight end. He is a viable option in the fantasy playoffs for teams void of a clear-cut starter with the Chiefs and Redskins both coming to Cleveland in the next two weeks.
2012 Week 14 vs KC (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Watson lost a TD due to an illegal shift call after being completely shut out in the first half. He responded well, picking up three catches late in the game mostly as a safety valve for Weeden. It looked like the Chiefs forgot about Watson on all three receptions, there was never anyone in the vicinity.
2012 Week 16 vs DEN (10 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Watson saw a team-high 10 targets, but with Colt McCoy's lack of accuracy in the fourth quarter, he only caught three passes against Denver. Early in the game, Watson was active and caught his first three targets. On crossing routes, Watson converted a third down and one came off of a well-executed play action fake. McCoy bounced passes off the turf in garbage time, which added to Watson's high target total without much chance for yardage. This week marked Watson's highest target total this season, but the tight end has now gone five games, 17 receptions, without a touchdown.
2012 Week 17 vs PIT (8 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Watson made an impressive athletic grab under pressure across the middle for a six yard gain. Watson caught his second pass soon after when he was wide open underneath for a seven yard gain on a crossing route. Watson was wide open over the middle for a first down on first and 10 when he ran a simple curl route. Watson made an outstanding reception on third and 13 for eight yards as he absorbed a huge hit from Ryan Clark. Watson's next reception came late in the fourth quarter over the middle underneath the Steelers' prevent defense. Watson caught another pass over the middle but this time behind the linebackers and infront of safety Ryan Clark. Lewis went straight back to Watson for a six yard curl route over the middle.
2011 Week 1 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
he had a nice game but his major play was the touchdown from Colt McCoy. Watson was a surprise top12 TE last year and so far he looks to be a major part of the offense just like he was a year ago. That makes sense because McCoy does not have a lot to work with at WR so he looks to his TEs to move the ball as he works the middle of the field. There is no reason Watson will vanish in 2011. Long term it appears Cleveland might go in a different direction but not for the time being. Watson went undrafted in some leagues and this writer would definitely encourage you to pick him up if he is still available even as a TE2 on your roster.
2011 Week 2 vs IND (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Benjamin Watson was a non factor in this game as his team relied on running the ball a lot. McCoy found him twice for very modest gains but he was looking for his WR's for the most part.
2011 Week 3 vs MIA (10 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
Took a drag pattern underneath on a 3rd and long and went right up the left sideline for 15 yards and a first down. You gotta love it when a player makes a solid play and also picks up a first down to keep drives going. His 2nd catch he was falling backwards and managed to grab the bal low off the ground and turn in time to take it up field for a first down. This guy is athletic and some weeks he won't get a lot done but he was targeted well in this game and is easily the TE1 on this offense right now. Peyton Hillis was out so that also has an impact on Watson's numbers as Colt used him like a security blanket at times as he was running short crossing routes and Miami was not covering him.
2011 Week 4 vs TEN (9 / 6 / 48 / 1 rec)
Cribbs was utilized as a receiver and as a wildcat quarterback for the Browns against the Titans. As a receiver, he was effective in catching a number of passes as the second or third option for quarterback Colt McCoy. As a quarterback, he was sacked for a 10 yard loss, once again showing that the days of having a receiver line up under center may be coming to a close. Cribbs primarily runs crossing routes and quick outs and while Colt McCoy clearly trusts him to make the catch, Cribbs does not seem able to get clear of his defender enough to make anything happen in the open field. The Browns simply aren't giving him routes (screen passes, double-moves) that get him the ball without having to worry about a closing defender.
2011 Week 6 vs OAK (8 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
It was quiet day from Watson as he got most of his targets and production in the last few minutes of the game. Similar to Massaquoi, McCoy missed Watson badly several times, so it was not Watson's fault for the lack of production with the 8 targets. What really hurts Watson's value is that Cleveland likes to use 3 TE, and any one of three could catch TD passes in any game.
2011 Week 7 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Watson had one catch on four targets, and also suffered a concussion. He wasn't much of a factor, with the Seattle defense swarming all the receivers on shorter routes.
2011 Week 8 vs SF (3 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)
If you could add up all the Cleveland TE's and make them one TE then you would have a more consistent fantasy producer. Problem is they split up the targets, and McCoy does a good job of spreading the ball around. Watson's receptions all came as he was open running down the seam of the field. Watson had a decent fantasy day but hard to do much more with only 3 targets.
2011 Week 9 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Veteran TE Ben Watson registered a pair of 13-yard receptions, but chances were hard to come by as the Browns only ran 47 plays on offense.
2011 Week 10 vs STL (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Watson made a couple of nice catches underneath and dropped one pass draped in tight coverage, but made the best catch of the day for the Browns in the third quarter. Watson was targeted on a Colt McCoy pass between the safety and corner and leapt to make a one handed snag between the defenders for a 22 yard catch.
2011 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson looked to be a non factor in the Browns offense these days. Cleveland ran the ball heavily with RB Ogbonnaya and McCoy does not have the arm to make even the best Browns receiver valuable, let alone a role player like Watson.
2011 Week 12 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
McCoy's very difficult day made it tough for many receivers to make plays for the Browns and Watson was no exception, catching only a couple of short passes. Watson's longest reception of the day was a yard too short as he fought to pick up the first down, but was tackled shy of the line to gain.
2011 Week 13 vs BAL (8 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Watson caught a couple of passes wide open over the middle as if the Ravens completely forgot about him. He also whiffed on one pass that hit him in the facemask. He made an athletic move to hurdle a defender in the third quarter but was leveled immediately afterward.
2010 Week 1 vs TB (6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Very little production for the number of targets he had. Delhomme locked in on him with 3 targets on the last drive of the 1st half and that resulted in Barber intercepting one of them and returning it all the way back to the Cleveland 3 yard line. Watson caught a few short balls and did nothing with them. Compared to Moore he looked slow however his run blocking along the line was strong and he helped a few times with some seal blocks that sprang both Hillis and Harrison so expect to see more Ben Watson in the coming weeks.
2010 Week 2 vs KC (6 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Exhibiting a complete turnaround from Week 1, Ben Watson hauled in four of his six targets including a 44-yard slant in which he accrued the majority of the yards by simply outrunning everyone until he was forced out of bounds. Watson remains a threat at the tight end position and he presents a big, easy target for whoever may be under center for the Browns. If he can play like this every week than maybe the Browns offense wouldn't be so bad. Ultimately it remains to be seen if Watson will be able to do this every week but until he does, he's a bit risky to roll the dice with.
2010 Week 3 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)
Watson was Seneca Wallace's early favorite target, getting a catch down the seam and also getting open close to the line of scrimmage, helping Wallace establish rhythm in the first quarter. Watson got a TD catch on a play action fake at the goal line, and also sprung Peyton Hillis's one-yard TD with a good block. He is settling to marginal fantasy value as a backup TE, but strong NFL value as a starting TE for a team that lacks weapons in the passing game.
2010 Week 4 vs CIN (10 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
Watson could have added a 16-yard touchdown grab to his stat line but let the ball touch the ground after he caught it in the bottom corner of the end zone. Regardless, Watson still had a very nice day and is figuring to be a very key cog in the Browns ever-improving offense.
2010 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Watson strangely was overlooked in favor of blocking TE Robert Royal in the first half, but once Jake Delhomme entered the game, Watson was targeted more often, although not enough to muster a solid stat line.
2010 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 88 / 1 rec)
Watson led the Browns in targets going into this game, and he extended that lead. Watson is quietly having a very productive season. After a 3 rec. 16 yds season opener, Watson hasn't had fewer than 45 yards in any game since. He seemed to be almost wide open on virtually every catch he made, which means he's running great routes and making himself available for his quarterbacks. He'll never be confused for Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates in terms of athleticism, but we've seen him perform well before during his days with New England, and that was in an offense with so many options. Based on seeing how he was used in this game, look for his production to continue. Watson could end the year with 80 catches and 800+ yards if the Browns continue to exploit his abilities.
2010 Week 7 vs NO (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
After a big game against Pittsburgh, Watson only caught one ball against the Saints. However, as long as Colt McCoy is the QB, Watson will remain one of his favorite targets. As mentioned, the Browns weren't spending much time throwing the ball, and therefore Watson just didn't have the opportunities. Those will come again in future weeks.
2010 Week 9 vs NE (4 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Watson had few targets in this game, but has been a favourite target for McCoy up until this point. He had a pass break up on a throw behind him but was able to gain a big pass play on a corner route over the middle, exploiting the hole in the zone coverage. Watson did little else in this run heavy offense.
2010 Week 10 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Watson was a favorite target of McCoy's during the second half of the game. His catches were almost all for long yardage and on one, late in the first quarter, his reception set up Peyton Hillis' touchdown. Watson was able to use his body to block out defenders and come down with the ball on many throws and was a key target to move the chains because of it.
2010 Week 11 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watson got banged up early and was in and out of this game, targeted very infrequently, although he was the intended receiver on the game's final offensive play for Cleveland, a ball that was deflected and intercepted by Sean Considine.
2010 Week 12 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Watson would have had a touchdown if Peyton Hillis could throw the ball as accurately as a typical high school QB. He also had a few good catches on early drives, one in the red zone that preceded Evan Moore's fumble. Watson's upside isn't that high, but he is regularly involved in the offense as much as all but the elite fantasy TEs.
2010 Week 13 vs MIA (11 / 10 / 100 / 1 rec)
In the first half, Watson was targeted often but was also quite well covered, limiting his yardage. But in the second half, Delhomme was able to use play action effectively, which gave Watson a little more room to work, and he took advantage. On the Browns lone touchdown drive, Watson was instrumental with three catches, including a quick hit for the score. Delhomme pretty much locked on to Watson and Massaquoi as his only downfield targets. Watson has been productive with three different quarterbacks this year, but lately has been slowed by an ankle injury. He looks to be back to form just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
2010 Week 14 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Watson's value seems very diminished on the Delhomme-led offense. He only pulled down one reception and was a non-factor the rest of the day.
2010 Week 15 vs CIN (7 / 7 / 92 / 0 rec)
Watson finished the game as the leading pass catcher for the Browns, but that was more for his ability to make the solid catches in traffic and act as a safety valve for his young QB. His bread and butter play was to start off on the line of scrimmage and scrape behind the defensive line, in front of the LB corps. McCoy would hit him in stride and he'd head toward the sideline, hoping to make the corner and get away from the LBS. He worked this play several times and was able to keep the ball moving for the Browns. On the final drive of the game, Watson was targeted on McCoy's first three passes, the last of which was a beautiful 24 yard bomb down the middle of the field. McCoy pump-faked and the LB bit on the play. Watson was able to get behind them and McCoy laid it in there perfectly for him. It set up the TD pass to Robiskie on the next play.
2010 Week 16 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson has done a really good job for the Browns at tight end this season. In this game he provided a nice target for McCoy to throw to on his three receptions. Watson caught a short pass and dove over the top of a defender to ensure he got the first down. It was a great effort by the tight end, who had been shaken up just a few plays earlier.
2010 Week 17 vs PIT (12 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
Watson continued to show the he's McCoy's favorite target. In the previous game against Pittsburgh, he went for over 100 yards and had a touchdown - meaning that two of his best games came against a very strong defense. For a player who wasn't highly-utilized in New England, Watson has shown his ability to get open and catch passes in Cleveland's offense this year. He's a weapon worth holding on to for them in the off-season.
2009 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 6 / 77 / 2 rec)
Just when you were ready to give up on Ben Watson, he goes and has one of the best weeks of any fantasy TE. Watson was the hot read for Brady on one catch, and he also got a red zone target before his scoring spree late in the game. Watson only had one drop, and he scored on the same post/seam route on both of his late TDs. The second one had tighter coverage, and Watson had to twist in the air to make the catch. He had six TDs in Brady's record-breaking season of 2007, and he should be picked up in non-PPR leagues because he clearly has Brady's trust going forward.
2009 Week 2 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Watson had a key holding penalty instead of his late game heroics from week 1 in this game. He did get a handful of downfield targets, and he didn't have any terrible drops or miscues, but this game should still put to rest any ideas of Watson being the breakout TE of 2009 after his dramatic two-TD game to open the season.
2009 Week 3 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Watson was open deep, only to be one of many Patriot passcatchers to be overthrown by Tom Brady. He make a very athletic catch downfield when he was covered pretty well, and also got a target at the goal line that was a little high. Watson continues to get high value targets, but his production will remain sporadic.
2009 Week 4 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Watson got downfield and caught one Brady bullet in stride for the biggest gain of the day by the Pats offense. He also made a sprawling catch that showed off his athleticism later in the game.
2009 Week 5 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Watson was able to take advantage of second-year linebacker Wesley Woodyard on his touchdown catch. He lined up on the right side of the offensive line, and ran a crossing route to the left. Woodyard mistakingly thought he was playing man coverage instead of zone, and Watson ran right by him. Brady found Watson quickly and zipped the pass into the end zone for the score.
2009 Week 7 vs TB (2 / 1 / 35 / 1 rec)
Watson hauled in a nice looking 35-yd touchdown catch. He made it look easy, beating his man by a mile, and had a perfect throw to catch. He also had a 13 yard first down called back on a penalty.
2009 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson caught all four balls thrown in his direction against the Miami Dolphins, which is significant in that the Patriots love to have more than just Wes Welker and Randy Moss as targets. Two of his targets were deep down the field, but Watson never gained more than 23 yards at a clip. He had zero chances in the Red Zone as well, but Watson continues to get a decent amount of chances from Tom Brady and looks to be the de facto third wide receiver options for New England.
2009 Week 10 vs IND (2 / 1 / 36 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson started once again for the Patriots at tight end, but he only had one catch and two targets against Indianapolis in Week 10. Watson grabbed a deep ball for a nice 36 yard gain, but his fantasy upside is very limited given how low he is in the passing attack pecking order and in Tom Brady's progressions on most plays.
2009 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Watson got a few downfield targets between the hashes in the red zone, but he was well-covered and couldn't make the extraordinary plays needed to haul in the passes.
2009 Week 14 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
The Patriots TE was the recipient of Tom Brady's only TD pass of the afternoon (a 5 yard strike) and also drew a 30 yard pass interference penalty that set up the Patriots in the red zone, leading to the Patriots first score of the game, a 3 yard run by Kevin Faulk. Watson made a nice 18 yard grab tip toeing on the sidelines putting his athletic ability on display and has used this season to re-invent himself and become a regular contributor to this Patriots offense.
2009 Week 16 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Watson's only catch of the day came on the Patriots opening drive where he just missed the pylon on a 14-yard reception. Watson was mostly relegated to run blocking and dirty work this week, something he does extremely well for this offense.
2009 Week 17 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Watson finished the day with 3 catches for 32 yards. After being featured more in the offense in recent weeks, he was used only as an outlet on blitzes. Wes Welker's replacement, Julian Edelman, appeared to catch a lot of short routes in the middle of the field that used to go to Watson. Watson finished the season with 29 receptions for 404 yards and 5 touchdowns.
2008 Week 3 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Watson converted one of his two targets into a reception for six yards. It came early in the game, when things were looking bright, and his catch marked the last positive thing to happen for the Patriots on Sunday before everything began to head downhill.
2008 Week 5 vs SF (6 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
TE Ben Watson was not much of a factor in the win for the Patriots. He nearly caught a touchdown pass from QB Matt Cassel but was not able to get either foot in bounds at the back of the end zone.
2008 Week 6 vs SD (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watson had a 21 yard reception negated by an offensive holding penalty. But that wasn't even the most crucial near-connection of the game for Watson. From the San Diego goal line, Watson broke free into the left side of the end zone and was wide open on a play action fake. Matt Cassel failed to see him, instead looking to his right the entire time. Had he found him, and Watson held on, it would've been an almost uncontested score.
2008 Week 7 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Watson's first target of the game went for a big gain of 29 that took the ball down to the Denver 16 yard line. The tight end showed good effort on a third down play when after appearing to be stopped a few yards short of the first down, he fought and stretched to come within a yard of the sticks. Watson's effort paid off as on the next play, New England scored a touchdown on a Sammy Morris four yard run. His other catch in the game came in the fourth quarter and went for a gain of four.
2008 Week 8 vs STL (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Neither tight end was a big part of the passing game.
2008 Week 9 vs IND (7 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
TE Ben Watson had two balls intended for him batted away by Colts defenders but otherwise he was not a large factor in the offense.
2008 Week 10 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Watson only managed one catch for seven yards.
2008 Week 11 vs NYJ (14 / 8 / 88 / 1 rec)
Much like Gaffney, Watson was busy because the Jets game plan was to double Moss and Welker for much of the game. He made a couple of really nice catches during the game including catch over the middle that he was mauled by a Jets defender. He received three red zone looks during the game. A bizarre play for Watson was him losing a fumble on the opening possession in the third quarter. It was odd because he wasn't even hit on the play, he simply dropped the ball while trying to his arms to protect the ball.
2008 Week 12 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Watson caught his lone target for an important first down late in the game.
2008 Week 13 vs PIT (4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Cassel looked for Watson more than a few times, as noted by his targets. He was unable to connect however.
2008 Week 14 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Watson caught his only target of the game for a two yard touchdown.
2008 Week 15 vs OAK (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
TE Ben Watson was the target of QB Matt Cassel's pass that was picked off by DB Gibril Wilson. Otherwise, he was not much of a factor in the offense.
2007 Week 1 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)
Watson made the most out of his two targets, hauling both of them in for nine total yards and his first touchdown of the season, which was a five yard, pass on a third and goal.
2007 Week 2 vs SD (6 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)
With all of the weapons on offense, Watson was open whenever Brady wanted him. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a seven yard pass in the back right side of the end zone with nobody near him.
2007 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Watson caught a touchdown for the third straight game in the first quarter.
2007 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Watson only caught one pass for five yards in the first half. He would add another catch for seven yards in the second half.
2007 Week 5 vs CLE (7 / 6 / 107 / 2 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
The big tight end had a huge game as he caught every pass thrown to him for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He was not targeted until the second quarter, but was open every time Brady threw his way. Watson also ran a reverse for 11 yards.
2007 Week 6 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Watson caught a 28 yard strike deep down the middle of the field. He also had a six yard catch that was negated by a penalty. On the play, Watson injured his ankle and did not return. He was able to walk to the locker room under his own power.
2007 Week 9 vs IND (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Watson's status for the game was up in the air, but he played through the injury and caught two of the three passes thrown his way for ten yards.
2007 Week 11 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
Watson made the most of his opportunities against the Bills. His touchdown catch was a nice grab in the rear corner of the end zone. The pass was a little high but he was easily able to reel it in for the score.
2007 Week 12 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Watson's first target of the game came with 32 seconds left in the second quarter, which he caught for a five yard gain. His second grab came in the third quarter and went for six yards and his final reception came in the fourth quarter and also went for six yards.
2007 Week 13 vs BAL (7 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Watson was targeted a fair amount, but only had one catch for a first down on the night. He dropped a touchdown pass, and had a touchdown reception knocked out of his hands by Ray Lewis in the first quarter.
2007 Week 14 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Watson was mostly an afterthought for QB Tom Brady in the victory as the talented wide receivers for New England stole the show.
2007 Week 17 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Ben Watson caught four passes for 38 yards, on six targets. Watson dropped a couple of passes in the first quarter, but later settled down and had separate receptions of 21 and 16 later in the game, showing his ability to get down field.
2007 Week 19 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 12 / 2 rec)
Watson was the target on Brady's first incompletion, but took advantage of his other targets, catching both for touchdowns, displaying good hands in tight coverage.
2007 Week 20 vs SD (0 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Watson caught one pass, and was targeted in the end zone by Brady on the Antonio Cromartie interception. If Cromartie didn't intercept the pass, it's still not a sure thing that Watson would have come down with it. Aside from that, he was a non-factor.
2007 Week 21 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Watson did not have a reception on the night, but would have had a touchdown catch if not for defensive pass interference in the end zone. The Patriots ended up getting a touchdown two plays after the interference penalty.
2006 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Watson proved to be quarterback Tom Brady's favorite target and caught three of the seven balls thrown his way for 50 yards.
2006 Week 2 vs NYJ (6 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Watson was the Patriots' second most targeted receiver. He had receptions of 14, 23, and two yards and was targeted once in the end zone and deep downfield on two other occasions.
2006 Week 3 vs DEN (11 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Watson got 11 looks, catching six of them for 66 yards. Surprisingly, Watson was only thrown to once on third down. It did result in a first down though. He moved the chains four times overall in the game.
2006 Week 4 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 35 / 0 rec)
Watson saw only three targets in this game, all in the first half, but made the best of his lone catch netting 35 yards.
2006 Week 5 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
He was the second leading receiver for New England with 33 yards in the game. His biggest catch was a 15 yard reception on fourth down late in the game that helped the Patriots run down the clock.
2006 Week 7 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
The Patriots ran a set play on a tight end screen for Watson on their first series. Watson caught the pass and used his blocking well to get up field for a 14 yard gain. He was targeted crossing the back of the end zone on the same drive. He didn't catch the pass, but he ran the route too deep and would have been out of bounds regardless. He was targeted on the goal line again on their second possession, but QB Tom Brady was hurried in the pocket and threw a poor pass. Watson was Brady's favorite target in the second half with four targets.
2006 Week 8 vs MIN (13 / 7 / 95 / 1 rec)
Watson saw more targets than any other player in the game. He made catches of eight yards and 14 yards on the Patriots' opening drive. Brady looked for him on the following drive but the pass was intercepted. Watson made a 40 yard reception on the Patriots' third drive of the game and was close to breaking the TD saving tackle. He was targeted twice in the end zone in the first half; the first was over his head but the second was caught for a nine yard touchdown. Watson caught three of his five second half targets and remained very involved. The only negative was that he dropped two catchable balls in the game.
2006 Week 9 vs IND (8 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Watson led the Patriots in targets and receiving yards. He was targeted on Brady's second interception.
2006 Week 10 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Watson caught two passes for 16 yards. Brady looked his way five times including on a fourth and three in the fourth quarter. It went for six yards. The drive eventually ended in a punt. All five of his looks came in the second half, with four of them in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 11 vs GB (6 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)
Watson was targeted in all four quarters, and made an eight yard TD catch in the third. He seems to be Brady's most consistent receiver.
2006 Week 12 vs CHI (11 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)
Watson was once again QB Tom Brady's favorite target, getting 11 passes thrown in his direction. His first half was rather forgettable, as he caught just a ten yard pass in the first quarter followed by a nine yard reception in the second period. Watson also was the intended receiver of a pass at the Chicago three yard line in the first quarter, but Watson, the ball, and the Bears' DB Todd Johnson converged to knock the ball up in the air. It came down in the waiting hands of CB Charles Tillman for an interception. His final target of the first half appeared to be a 27 yard catch but it was overturned via instant replay. Watson's adventures continued after the half, as he caught a 23 yard catch but fumbled. WR Reche Caldwell scooped it up before fumbling that as well as the Bears took over possession. Watson finished strong with three catches in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a deep 40 yard catch and also a short two yard diving touchdown catch that gave New England a late 17-10 lead.
2006 Week 13 vs DET (4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Just before halftime Watson lined up wide left as a wide receiver. QB Tom Brady hit him on a 23 yard slant putting the Patriots inside the ten yard line setting up the first Dillon touchdown. Watson made a pair of nine yard catches over the middle during the fourth quarter comeback, but fumbled after the second reception. Watson lucked out that Lions turned the ball back over to New England two plays later.
2006 Week 14 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Watson departed with a knee injury, occurring on a play where he was hit both high and low, causing him to drop the pass, and did not return.
2006 Week 18 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Watson had an inconsistent showing. He caught four passes, but dropped at least two passes. One drop was justifiable because it wasn't a great pass from Brady, and it would've been a very nice play if Watson could've held on. But the other was simply a drop, and it was near the end zone to boot.
2006 Week 19 vs SD (6 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Watson was extremely quiet and didn't record his first reception until very late in the second half. He did have a catch near the end zone, but was knocked out of bounds at the San Diego four yard line. Reche Caldwell caught a touchdown on the next play. The closest he came to scoring was on a pass play deep in San Diego territory. Watson broke out into the flat wide open, but Tom Brady's pass was off the mark and landed at Watson's feet. Had the throw been on target, there was nothing between Watson and the end zone.
2006 Week 20 vs IND (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Watson led all Patriots in both receptions and receiving yardage, which just goes to show how no single player really stood out for them offensively. Aside from a 19 yard reception on the game's final drive, none of his plays really stood out much.
2005 Week 1 vs OAK (5 / 2 / 55 / 0 rec)
Watson's 20 yard reception was the first of the game for the Patriots. On the same drive, Watson made a 35 yard reception, breaking tackles to gain yardage. Watson had what looked to be a reception ruled an incomplete pass. It was during the last two minutes of the first half, and was not reviewed.
2005 Week 2 vs CAR (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Watson had only one reception, a catch on New England's last drive that he fumbled away, ending any chance the Patriots had at a miracle comeback. He did have a great special teams play, chasing down Chris Gamble as he cut back on his 71 yard punt return and saving a touchdown. It's not every day that you see a tight end running down a defensive back.
2005 Week 3 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Watson caught one pass early in the game, then rarely saw action after that. Watson's deficiencies as a blocker seemed to limit his playing time.
2005 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Watson was used sparingly, just like his TE counterpart Daniel Graham. Watson was thrown to just once, but he did turn it into a nice 23 yard reception. Still, with inconsistent performances like this one, one can see why Watson is less than a reliable fantasy option.
2005 Week 5 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 33 / 1 rec)
Watson wasn't very involved, but he made the most of his one grab, scoring his first career touchdown just one minute into the second half. Even though Atlanta was still able to come back and tie the game, Watson's score was huge in that New England was able to grab the momentum right back immediately. Watson lost 15 yards receiving on a play called back due to penalty, but the penalty was on Watson himself for offensive pass interference.
2005 Week 6 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Though he only caught one of the balls thrown his way, Watson was thrown to on some routes that if the passes were complete, could have been big plays in terms of yardage.
2005 Week 9 vs IND (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Watson made three receptions for 36 yards, including two back to back catches at the start of the third quarter for 23 and seven yards.
2005 Week 10 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 37 / 2 rec)
Watson was the primary target in the red zone, and as a result, caught two touchdown passes. Watson had the opportunity to shine in the absence of Daniel Graham, who was inactive for this game. Watson showed very good footwork in staying in bounds on the first touchdown reception.
2005 Week 11 vs NO (4 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Watson was a big factor early in the game. He made a 29 yard reception on the Patriots' opening drive, adjusting well to make the catch. Watson was then the target on fourth and two and he made the catch to keep the drive alive, before making a 23 yard reception. Watson caught everything thrown his way but was not targeted in the second half. He still ended the day as the receiver with the most yards for the Patriots.
2005 Week 12 vs KC (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Watson has become one of Brady's favorite options. He was a clutch performer and although he did not finish with impressive statistics in this game, he can be depended on for tight end production.
2005 Week 13 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Watson had a 25 yard reception down the middle of the Jet defense. He later added an 18 yard grab. Watson was targeted on a play that resulted in a 22 yard pass interference penalty on Kerry Rhodes. He also dropped a pass.
2005 Week 14 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Watson caught three passes for a total of 35 yards. He was also targeted in the end zone but the pass was almost intercepted by Eric King. Watson had two first down catches early in the game and was not seen much after that.
2005 Week 16 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Watson caught two passes and was able to stretch the defense down the middle of the field. He also was wide open for a potential touchdown, but Tom Brady led him by too much. This was Watson's seventh consecutive game with at least two catches, after only doing that once in the first seven games this season (not counting last week's game where he didn't play). He is passed over in goal line situations for other players, but between the twenties he has become a consistent threat.
2005 Week 17 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)
Watson had his first target go through his hands. He was targeted in the red zone by Cassel in the third quarter, but it was a poorly thrown pass. He made his first reception in the fourth quarter, a nice 30 yard catch. And at the end of the game, scored the Patriots' third touchdown with his nine yard reception.