IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
1 month ago

Watson suffered a torn Achilles on the first snap of Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract in the offseason, the 36-year-old Watson was locked in as Baltimore's starting tight end. The only good news for the team is that it boasts strong depth at the position, though Maxx Williams (undisclosed) and Dennis Pitta (finger) are nursing injuries of their own, with neither available for Saturday's exhibition. Crockett Gillmore, the starter for most of last season, figures to get the majority of first-team snaps in Saturday's game. Gillmore could take on a lot of Watson's planned workload in the regular season, as he's a much better blocker than Williams or Pitta. Watson will miss the entire season.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
2 months ago

Watson is listed as a starter on the Ravens' initial preseason depth chart, the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a breakout season in New Orleans, the 35-year-old Watson signed a two-year, $7 million contract with a Ravens team that already had a deep group of tight ends. The signing seemed curious at first, but Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome explained that it was simply too good of a bargain to pass up, making it clear the team holds Watson in high regard. It thus comes as no surprise to see the 12-year veteran listed atop the initial depth chart, followed by Dennis Pitta (hip), Crockett Gillmore (hamstring) and Maxx Williams (undisclosed). While a clear favorite to lock down the starting job, Watson has far more competition for snaps and targets than he did last season, and he'll be working with Joe Flacco instead of Drew Brees.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
7 months ago

Watson and the Ravens have agreed in principle to a deal, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't seem like a good fit at first glance, as the Ravens used a third-round pick in the 2014 draft on Crockett Gillmore (back/shoulder), then selected Maxx Williams in the second round last season. However, Gillmore needs multiple surgeries this offseason and is likely looking at a prolonged timetable, and Williams didn't impress as a rookie. Known primarily for his blocking ability throughout a lengthy career, the 35-year-old Watson matched or surpassed his career-best receiving marks in every major category in 2015, finishing with a shocking 74-825-6 receiving line on 109 targets. Even if Gillmore in't ready by Week 1, Watson will be a long shot to approach those numbers now that he isn't serving as Drew Brees' primary tight end.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago

Watson was targeted 10 times during Sunday's win over the Falcons, collecting six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

EDGE Analysis

"Can't repeat the past," Jay Gatsby, and maybe Ben Watson, cried out incredulously. "Why of course you can!" Unlike The Great Gatsby, Watson was not only able to return to his past self, he improved upon it. At age 35, Watson set or tied career highs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns in 2015. He finished the season having been targeted eight or more times in five of the Saints' last six games. With this level of production, it wouldn't be a total surprise if New Orleans resigned Watson to a short-term deal as the roster lacks an obvious successor. Josh Hill, a fantasy sleeper to start the year, managed just 16 catches in backup duty.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago4 Comments

Watson (knee) caught one of two targets for five yards in Sunday's 38-27 win over the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

It's a disappointing stat line for Watson, especially considering that Drew Brees passes for 412 yards and three scores Sunday. Most of Brees' production went to Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Travaris Cadet, although backup TE Michael Hoomanawanui caught a touchdown in the first quarter. We'll have to check on Watson's snap count, but it's reasonable to assume he didn't play as much as usual with his knee injury (he missed a lot of practice time during the week). Assuming he's healthy enough to play next week, he'll have a decent matchup against the Falcons.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago

Watson (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Jaguars, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watson was a resident of the trainer's room rather than the practice field this week due to a knee injury. Expect the tight end to benefit from Marques Colston's (chest) absence, though Watson's targets may not uphold their standard with Drew Brees (foot) ailing, which could result in Matt Flynn or Garrett Grayson making an appearance.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago

Watson (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

EDGE Analysis

Watson is officially listed as questionable after not practicing at all Wednesday and Thursday, but he'll be out there Sunday and could continue to be a popular option for quarterback Drew Brees, as the tight end has been targeted 39 times in the last four games.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago

Watson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

It's not clear if Watson was able to get on the practice field Friday, but he is still listed as questionable despite not participating Wednesday or Thursday, which leaves his status for Week 16 entirely in question. If Watson does take the field Sunday, and starting quarterback Drew Brees (foot) does as well, Watson figures to see plenty of balls his way after tallying a total of 39 targets over his previous four games.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago

Watson (knee) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from time missed in August due to the birth of his child, Watson boasted no absences as a result of injury until Week 16. With a knee injury in tow, his activity level in practice will be of utmost interest this week. However, even if he's healthy enough to play Sunday versus the Jaguars, he could be working without Drew Brees (torn plantar fascia) under center.

IRBenjamin Watson
TE BAL (8)
9 months ago

Watson caught six passes (on 12 targets) for 49 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Watson hauled in a one-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes left to play Monday, boosting another high-volume outing. To that point, Watson has been targeted a whopping 40 times, and although he's only caught 21 of those passes, Watson has now scored twice over the span. Moreover, such heavy involvement makes Watson a relatively reliable option at tight end heading into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.