Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
1 week ago

Watson (Achilles) returned to practice on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Watson takes the field just nine months after tearing his Achilles, a rapid recovery for the veteran tight end. Now back on the field, Watson is speculated to be the No. 1 tight end after the release of Dennis Pitta (hip) last week. It's difficult to gauge how much the 36-year-old has left in the tank, especially factoring in a torn Achilles, but Watson is the Ravens' best option in an otherwise inexperienced group of tight ends. That being said, the team may opt to handle the season as a tight end by committee situation, with Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams (knee) splitting first-team reps once they are healthy.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
1 month ago

Watson (Achilles) is nearing a return to full health, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports. "I'm able to do pretty much everything to some extent. These last couple stages are very important about getting the strength back. The actual Achilles itself is intact," Watson said. "The good thing, if there is a good thing, even though I hated that it happened, I had a long time to recover and to make sure this thing is at a place where I can compete when the time is right."

EDGE Analysis

Watson has endured the "toughest, longest and most strenuous rehab" of his career in his recovery from an Achilles rupture he sustained in a 2016 preseason game. Fortunately, he's still expected to return in time for training camp in July. The Ravens could save $3 million by cutting him this offseason, but despite being one of the most cash-strapped teams in the league, Baltimore doesn't appear to have any intentions of parting ways with the 36-year-old tight end at this point in time.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
3 months ago

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Watson (Achilles) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

EDGE Analysis

Recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last preseason, Watson still hasn't been cleared to practice as he prepares for the second season of his two-year, $7 million contract. The Ravens want to see how the 36-year-old tight end looks once he's healthy, but it is still possible he could be released before the season to free up cap room. The team has other options at tight end, with Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams (knee) all under contract for at least one more season. Gillmore and Williams are still on their rookie deals, while Pitta accepted a restructured contract that should keep his roster spot safe. Watson was the clear top option last preseason, but he'll likely have to compete for snaps this time around.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
4 months ago

The Ravens may take a patient approach with Watson, who missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles in the preseason, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a breakout 2015 season, Watson joined the Ravens on a two-year, $7 million contract and was set to open 2016 as the leader of a deep tight end corps. Despite the re-emergence of Dennis Pitta atop a still-crowded depth chart, Watson's reasonable contract could persuade the Ravens to give him another shot, assuming the 36-year-old is healthy in time for training camp. Given his age and lengthy rehab process, Watson may be gunning for more of a committee role, whereas last year he had a shot at a near every-down job. It's also quite possible the Ravens will release him or ask him to accept a pay cut -- though the same can be said for Pitta.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
10 months 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.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
10 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.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
1 year 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.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
1 year 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.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
1 year 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.

Benjamin Watson
TE BAL (10)
1 year 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.