A combination of athleticism, strength and speed, Watson has given the New Orleans Saints offense a boost with his sure hands and rugged body. Watson, originally a first round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2004, came to New Orleans after spending three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and was able to post 20 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in 16 games with nine starts in 2014. With career totals in 147 games with 104 starts of 360 receptions for 4,138 yards (11.5 avg.) with 32 touchdowns, Watson’s ability to get open as well as his outstanding leadership abilities and reputation as one of the club’s hardest workers make him a solid fit for the Saints both on and off the field.
NFL CAREER – A combination of athleticism, strength and speed, Watson has given the New Orleans Saints offense a boost with his sure hands and rugged body. Watson, originally a first round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2004, came to New Orleans after spending three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and was able to post 20 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in 16 games with nine starts in 2014. With career totals in 147 games with 104 starts of 360 receptions for 4,138 yards (11.5 avg.) with 32 touchdowns, Watson’s ability to get open as well as his outstanding leadership abilities and reputation as one of the club’s hardest workers make him a solid fit for the Saints both on and off the field.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by Saints to a three-year contract (UFA-CLE), 3/18/13; Placed on injured reserve by the Cleveland Browns, 12/16/11; Signed by Cleveland to a three-year contract (UFA-NE), 3/12/10; Placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots, 9/29/04; Signed by New England to a six-year contract, 8/16/04; Selected by New England in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
2014 – Played in all 16 contests with one start and caught 20 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns…Hauled in five passes for 43 yards, setting season-highs in both categories vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5...Caught a season-long 15-yard touchdown grab at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30...Posted a touchdown in second consecutive game with a seven-yard grab vs. Carolina, Dec. 7. 2013 – Played in 15 games with seven starts in first season in New Orleans…Hauled in 19 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Started both postseason contests and had a 27-yard grab in NFC Divisional Playoff game at Philadelphia, 1/4/14. Inactive vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17 (concussion)…Brought in a four-yard touchdown vs. Miami, Sept. 30…Finished with three receptions for 61 yards against team that originally drafted him at New England, Oct. 13. 2012 – Played in all 16 games with 14 starts…Hauled in 49 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns. Reception total fourth on team, while he was ranked third in receiving touchdowns and receiving yardage. Reception total tied for second-highest of career, while yardage total ranked third…In Browns’ first win of season vs. Cincinnati, Oct. 14, gave team lead for good with a fourth quarter touchdown reception…Recorded four receptions for 47 yards and tied career-high with two touchdowns at Dallas, Nov. 18…Registered six receptions for season-high 80 yards at Oakland, Dec. 2…Led the Browns in receiving in season finale at Pittsburgh, Dec. 30, with seven receptions for 64 yards. 2011 – Played in 13 games with 11 starts…Caught 37 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns, finishing third on team in receptions and receiving yards…Had three catches for 45 yards vs. Cincinnati, Sept. 11, including a 34-yard touchdown…Hauled in season-high six receptions for 48 yards vs. Tennessee, Oct. 2, and scored on a fourth quarter 10-yard pass from Colt McCoy on fourth-and-nine…Appeared in 100th career regular season contest at Pittsburgh, Dec. 8, and caught two passes for 11 yards before leaving in the second quarter with a season-ending concussion. 2010 – Started career-high 16 games and led the team in all three receiving categories with 68 receptions for 763 yards (11.2 avg.) and three touchdowns…Reception total 10th in AFC overall, first among conference tight ends, fifth among NFL tight ends and the sixth-highest single-season figure by a Browns tight end…Yardage figure second among league tight ends was trailed only Antonio Gates (782)…Also was fifth-most among all NFL tight ends and was the eighth-most ever by a Browns tight end…Became first Browns tight end to lead the Browns in receiving yards since Ozzie Newsome (711) in 1985…One of only three tight ends (Zach Miller, Vernon Davis) to lead their club in both receptions and receiving yards in 2010. Had five or more catches in a game eight times…Hauled in a career-long 44-yard reception from Seneca Wallace against Kansas City, Sept. 19…Recorded touchdowns from Wallace (at Baltimore, Sept. 26), McCoy (at Pittsburgh, Oct. 17) and Jake Delhomme (at Miami, Dec. 5). Against the Dolphins, set career-high with 10 receptions for 100 yards. 2009 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with seven starts in his final campaign in New England. Ranked fifth on team with 29 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns…Recorded season-high six receptions for 77 yards, while matching a career-high with two touchdowns against Buffalo, Sept. 14. 2008 – Played in 14 games with nine starts…Finished fifth on team with 22 receptions for 209 yards and five touchdowns…Tallied season-highs with eight receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown against N.Y. Jets, Nov. 13…Registered his second touchdown reception of season with a two-yard scoring strike from Matt Cassel in the Patriots’ comeback victory at Seattle, Dec. 7. 2007 – Saw action in 12 regular season games with eight starts…Caught 36 passes for 289 yards (10.8 avg.), with a career-high six touchdowns…Set career-highs in receiving yardage (107) and receiving touchdowns (2) vs. Cleveland, Oct. 7…Member of the special teams unit that blocked for Ellis Hobbs’ NFL record-setting 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at N.Y. Jets, Sept. 9…Recorded a touchdown reception in each of his first three games…Hauled in sixth touchdown catch of season on a three-yard score at Buffalo, Nov. 18…Had two scores in AFC Divisional Game vs. Jacksonville, 1/12/08. 2006 – Started all 13 games he appeared in…Finished second on team with 49 receptions for 643 receiving yards with three touchdowns…Led team with 95 receiving yards on seven receptions with a touchdown at Minnesota, Oct. 30…Led the team with five receptions and 74 yards, including a touchdown, at Green Bay, Nov. 19…Tied for the team lead with six receptions for a team-high 87 yards and one touchdown against Chicago, Nov. 26…Led team with five receptions for 48 yards in AFC Championship at Indianapolis, 1/21/07. 2005 – Played in 15 games with nine starts…Led all New England tight ends with 29 receptions for 441 yards and four touchdowns…Snared his first career touchdown, on a 33-yard pass from Tom Brady against Atlanta, Oct. 9….Led the team with 66 receiving yards on four receptions against New Orleans, Nov. 20…Led the team with five receptions and 91 receiving yards, including a 63-yard touchdown in the Wild Card Playoff game against Jacksonville, 1/7/06, marking the longest touchdown reception in Patriots playoff history…In a losing effort in the Divisional Playoff game at Denver, 1/14/06, made a spectacular effort play, when he ran down Broncos CB Champ Bailey on a 100-yard interception return at the Patriots one-yard line, preventing him from scoring a touchdown on the pick. 2004 – Started only game in which he played…Made NFL debut against Indianapolis, Sept. 9, and recorded two receptions for 16 yards…Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, Sept. 29.
COLLEGE – Registered 73 receptions for 945 receiving yards (12.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns during collegiate career…Began career at Duke University (1999), catching eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown…As a three-year letterman at Georgia (2001-03), recorded 65 receptions for 852 yards (13.6 avg.) and six touchdowns…Served as offensive team captain as a senior…A preseason All-America and All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior…Posted 23 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns as a senior...Started 13 games as a junior, registering 31 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns…Majored in finance.PERSONAL –Born Benjamin Seth Watson in Norfolk, Va…Attended Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) HS…Recorded 31 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns as a senior and led team to state championship as junior…Traveled to Israel with New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft and a group from the greater Boston area in 2008…In 2007, traveled with a small group of NFL players on a USO tour visiting United States military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan…Traveled to China as Patriots ambassador…Lists photography as a hobby…Member of both the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school…Created the One More Foundation which is dedicated to spreading the love and hope of Jesus Christ to one more soul…Annually the Watson family and his foundation have hosted the “The Big BENefit” which provided gift cards to 25 families selected by the New Orleans Family Justice Center for a shopping spree…Hosts an annual football clinic in his hometown of Rock Hill that also helps benefit providing meals to impoverished familes living in Africa…2012 Athletes in Action Call to Courage Award recipient...Finalist for the 2013 Byron “Whizzer” White Award and the 2014 Bart Starr Award…Named one of CNN’s “Extraordinary People of 2014”
NewOrleansSaints.com senior writer John DeShazier reviews some of the top plays from Saints Tight End Ben Watson during the 2015 season. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints video)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees fires to Benjamin Watson for a 1-yard TD late in the fourth quarter Monday, Dec. 21.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hits tight end Benjamin Watson for 26 yards.
New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson's Foundation One More, hosted "The Big BENefit" shopping event at Walmart with 25 local families from New Orleans. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)