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Benjamin Watson
TE #82
Height:
6-3
Weight:
251
Age:
36
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Rock Hill, SC
Experience:
13
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 434 4,963 11.4 46 38 2 10 5 11 0 8 4
2015 NO 16 16 74 825 11.1 46 6 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2014 NO 16 8 20 136 6.8 15T 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 NO 15 7 19 226 11.9 32 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CLE 16 14 49 501 10.2 27 3 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
2011 CLE 13 11 37 410 11.1 34T 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 16 16 68 763 11.2 44 3 1 -1 -1 -1 0 -- --
2009 NE 16 7 29 404 13.9 36 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 NE 14 9 22 209 9.5 29 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2007 NE 12 8 36 389 10.8 35 6 1 11 11 11 0 1 0
2006 NE 13 13 49 643 13.1 40 3 -- -- -- -- -- 3 1
2005 NE 15 9 29 441 15.2 35 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2004 NE 1 1 2 16 8 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

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— Key Transactions —

  • Signed with the Ravens as a free agent on 3/9/16
  • Signed with New Orleans as a free agent on 3/18/13
  • Signed with the Browns as a free agent on 3/12/10
  • Originally selected by New England in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft

— Career Highlights —

  • Ranks fifth (tied with Jimmy Graham) in receptions (434), seventh in receiving yards (4,963) and seventh in TD grabs (38) among active NFL TEs entering 2016
  • Established career highs in receptions (74, seventh among NFL TEs), receiving yards (825, eighth) and TD catches (6, tied for seventh) in 2015
  • Won Super Bowl XXXIX while with New England (2004)
  • Played for three teams prior to coming to Baltimore (New England: 2004-09, Cleveland: 2010-12 and New Orleans: 2013-15).

— Personal —

  • Authored “Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race – Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us,” a challenging look at race, bias and justice, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown
  • Named one of CNN’s Extraordinary People of 2014
  • Traveled to Israel with Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and a group from the greater Boston area in 2008...Also traveled to China as a Patriots’ ambassador
  • Traveled with a group of NFL players on a 2007 USO tour, visiting U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Enjoys photography as a hobby
  • He and his wife, Vaughn, have twin daughters, Grace and Naomi, sons Isaiah and Judah and daughter Eden

— Season Recaps —

2015: (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 16/16)

  • Set career highs with 74 catches and 825 receiving yards and matched a career-best 6 TD catches (2007)...Ranked seventh, eighth and tied for seventh in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs, respectively, among NFL TEs
  • Posted a single-game career-best 147 yards (fourth-career 100-yard output) and 1 TD on a game-high 9 receptions, including a career-long 46-yard grab, vs. NYG (11/1)
  • Notched his second-career 10-catch game for 127 receiving yards and 1 TD vs. Atl. (10/15), becoming the third TE in Saints history to record 10 catches, 125 receiving yards and a receiving TD in a game

2014: (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 16/9)

  • Secured 20 catches for 136 yards (6.8 avg.) and 2 TDs
  • Caught TD passes in consecutive contests – vs. Car. (12/7) and at Pit. (11/30) – including a season-long 15-yarder against the Steelers
  • Tallied 5 catches for 43 yards (season highs in each category) vs. TB (10/5)

2013: (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 15/7, 2/2)

  • Totaled 226 yards and 2 TDs on 19 receptions (11.9 avg.)
  • Started both postseason contests, posting a 27-yard reception in the Wild Card at Phi. (1/4/14)
  • Recorded scoring grabs at Atl. (11/21) and vs. Mia. (9/30)
  • Gained a season-high 61 yards on 3 receptions (20.3 avg.), including a season-long 32-yarder, at NE (10/13)

2012: (CLEVELAND BROWNS – 16/14)

  • Posted 501 yards and 3 TDs on 49 receptions (10.2 avg.)
  • Totaled a season-high 7 catches for 64 yards at Pit. (12/30)
  • Logged a season-high 80 yards on 6 grabs at Oak. (12/2)
  • Netted 4 receptions for 47 yards and 2 TDs, his fourth-career two-score game, at Dal. (11/18)

2011: (CLEVELAND BROWNS – 13/11)

  • Caught 37 passes for 410 yards and 2 TDs (missed three games due to a concussion)
  • Suffered a season-ending concussion in his 100th-career regular season game after posting 11 yards on 2 receptions at Pit. (12/8)
  • Twice posted a season-high 64 receiving yards: on 3 receptions at SF (10/30) and on 5 catches vs. Mia. (9/25)
  • Notched a season-best 6 receptions for 48 yards and 1 TD vs. Ten. (10/2)

2010: (CLEVELAND BROWNS – 16/16)

  • Led the team with then-career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (763), ranking fifth among NFL TEs in each category...Also secured a team-high-tying 3 receiving TDs
  • Became first TE to lead the Browns in receiving yards in a season since Ozzie Newsome (711 in 1985)
  • Paced all AFC TEs in receptions and ranked second in receiving yards (Antonio Gates, 782)
  • Caught a single-game career-high 10 passes (since tied) for 100 yards and 1 TD at Mia. (12/5)
  • Tallied 6 catches for 88 yards and 1 TD at Pit. (10/17)

2009: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 16/7, 1/0)

  • Totaled 29 receptions for 404 yards and 5 TDs...Led New England TEs in each receiving category
  • Tallied a career-high-tying 2 TDs on a season-best 6 receptions for 77 yards (12.8 avg.) vs. Buf. (9/14)

2008: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 14/9)

  • Recorded 209 yards and 2 TDs on 22 receptions (9.5 avg.)
  • Notched his second scoring grab of the season, a 2-yard reception, in the come-from-behind win at Sea. (12/7)
  • Secured 8 receptions for 88 yards and 1 TD (all season highs) vs. NYJ (11/13)

2007: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 12/8, 3/3)

  • Led New England TEs in all receiving categories with 36 catches for 389 yards and a career-high 6 TDs (since tied), helping the Patriots to the first 16-0 mark in NFL history
    Collected 2 receptions for 12 yards, each going for TDs, in the Divisional Playoff vs. Jax. (1/12/08)...His 2 scoring grabs set a single-game postseason franchise record by a TE (since broken by Rob Gronkowski, 3)
  • Had a TD catch in each of the season’s first three contests
  • Tallied his first-career 100-yard receiving game (107) and a career-high-tying 2 TDs on 6 catches (17.8) vs. Cle. (10/7)
  • Blocked on Ellis Hobbs’ 108-yard KOR-TD, which set an NFL record (since broken), at NYJ (9/9)

2006: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 13/13, 3/2)

  • Gained 643 yards and 3 TDs on 49 receptions (13.1 avg.), leading New England TEs in each category
  • Netted 48 yards on a team-high 5 catches in the AFC Championship at Ind. (1/21/07)
  • Posted a team-leading 87 yards and 1 TD on 6 receptions vs. Chi. (11/26)
  • Recorded a team-high 5 receptions for 74 yards and 1 TD at GB (11/19)
  • Led the team with season highs in catches (7) and receiving yards (95 ), also posting 1 TD at Min. (10/30)

2005: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 15/9, 2/2)

  • Led all New England TEs with 29 receptions for 441 yards and 4 TDs
  • Tackled CB Champ Bailey out of bounds at the Patriots’ 1-yard line, preventing him from scoring on a 100-yard INT return, in the Divisional Playoff at Den. (1/14/06)
  • Posted team highs with 91 receiving yards and 5 catches, including the longest scoring reception in Patriots playoff history (63 yards), in the Wild Card vs. Jax. (1/7/06)
  • Recorded a season- and team-high 66 yards on 4 receptions (16.5 avg.) vs. NO (11/20)
  • Caught 3 passes for 37 yards and a career-high 2 TDs (since tied) at Mia. (11/13)
  • Secured his first-career scoring grab on a 33-yard reception at Atl. (10/9)

2004: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 1/1)

  • Member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots as a rookie...Placed on Injured Reserve (knee) on 9/29
  • Started his first-career NFL game, posting 2 receptions for 16 yards, vs. Ind. (9/9)

— College —

  • Totaled 73 receptions for 945 yards (12.9 avg.) and 7 TDs at Georgia and Duke
  • Was a three-year (2001-03) starter for the Bulldogs, recording 65 receptions for 852 yards (13.6 avg.) and 6 TDs
  • Caught 8 passes for 93 yards and 1 TD as a freshman for the Blue Devils in 1999
  • Posted 23 catches for 324 yards and 2 TDs as a senior in 2003...Served as an offensive team captain
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia’s Terry School of Business

— High School —

  • Attended Northwestern (Rock Hill, SC) HS, where he recorded 31 receptions for 515 yards and 5 TDs as a senior and led his team to the state championship as a junior
  • Was a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— Watson’s Community Impact —

  • Created the One More Foundation, which is dedicated to spreading the love and hope of Jesus Christ to one more soul
  • For three seasons in New Orleans, annually hosted “The Big BENefit,” which provided gift cards for a shopping spree to 25 families selected by the New Orleans Family Justice Center
  • Annually hosts a football clinic in his hometown (Rock Hill, SC) that helps provide meals to impoverished families in Africa
  • Nominated for the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his dedication to community and charitable endeavors and his excellent play on the field...Was one of three finalists (Anquan Boldin and Eli Manning)
  • New Orleans Saints Man of the Year (2015)
  • Spoke at the Pentagon for National Prayer Week (2015)
  • Finalist for the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award (2014), given annually to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community
  • Finalist for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award (2013), recognizing players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns
  • Earned the Action Call to Courage Award (2012) for his impact on and off the field by bringing out the best in his peers

Download Bio Update

— Key Transactions —

  • Signed with the Ravens as a free agent on 3/9/16
  • Signed with New Orleans as a free agent on 3/18/13
  • Signed with the Browns as a free agent on 3/12/10
  • Originally selected by New England in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft

— Career Highlights —

  • Ranks fifth (tied with Jimmy Graham) in receptions (434), seventh in receiving yards (4,963) and seventh in TD grabs (38) among active NFL TEs entering 2016
  • Established career highs in receptions (74, seventh among NFL TEs), receiving yards (825, eighth) and TD catches (6, tied for seventh) in 2015
  • Won Super Bowl XXXIX while with New England (2004)
  • Played for three teams prior to coming to Baltimore (New England: 2004-09, Cleveland: 2010-12 and New Orleans: 2013-15).

— Personal —

  • Authored “Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race – Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us,” a challenging look at race, bias and justice, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown
  • Named one of CNN’s Extraordinary People of 2014
  • Traveled to Israel with Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and a group from the greater Boston area in 2008...Also traveled to China as a Patriots’ ambassador
  • Traveled with a group of NFL players on a 2007 USO tour, visiting U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Enjoys photography as a hobby
  • He and his wife, Vaughn, have twin daughters, Grace and Naomi, sons Isaiah and Judah and daughter Eden

— Season Recaps —

2015: (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 16/16)

  • Set career highs with 74 catches and 825 receiving yards and matched a career-best 6 TD catches (2007)...Ranked seventh, eighth and tied for seventh in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs, respectively, among NFL TEs
  • Posted a single-game career-best 147 yards (fourth-career 100-yard output) and 1 TD on a game-high 9 receptions, including a career-long 46-yard grab, vs. NYG (11/1)
  • Notched his second-career 10-catch game for 127 receiving yards and 1 TD vs. Atl. (10/15), becoming the third TE in Saints history to record 10 catches, 125 receiving yards and a receiving TD in a game

2014: (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 16/9)

  • Secured 20 catches for 136 yards (6.8 avg.) and 2 TDs
  • Caught TD passes in consecutive contests – vs. Car. (12/7) and at Pit. (11/30) – including a season-long 15-yarder against the Steelers
  • Tallied 5 catches for 43 yards (season highs in each category) vs. TB (10/5)

2013: (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 15/7, 2/2)

  • Totaled 226 yards and 2 TDs on 19 receptions (11.9 avg.)
  • Started both postseason contests, posting a 27-yard reception in the Wild Card at Phi. (1/4/14)
  • Recorded scoring grabs at Atl. (11/21) and vs. Mia. (9/30)
  • Gained a season-high 61 yards on 3 receptions (20.3 avg.), including a season-long 32-yarder, at NE (10/13)

2012: (CLEVELAND BROWNS – 16/14)

  • Posted 501 yards and 3 TDs on 49 receptions (10.2 avg.)
  • Totaled a season-high 7 catches for 64 yards at Pit. (12/30)
  • Logged a season-high 80 yards on 6 grabs at Oak. (12/2)
  • Netted 4 receptions for 47 yards and 2 TDs, his fourth-career two-score game, at Dal. (11/18)

2011: (CLEVELAND BROWNS – 13/11)

  • Caught 37 passes for 410 yards and 2 TDs (missed three games due to a concussion)
  • Suffered a season-ending concussion in his 100th-career regular season game after posting 11 yards on 2 receptions at Pit. (12/8)
  • Twice posted a season-high 64 receiving yards: on 3 receptions at SF (10/30) and on 5 catches vs. Mia. (9/25)
  • Notched a season-best 6 receptions for 48 yards and 1 TD vs. Ten. (10/2)

2010: (CLEVELAND BROWNS – 16/16)

  • Led the team with then-career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (763), ranking fifth among NFL TEs in each category...Also secured a team-high-tying 3 receiving TDs
  • Became first TE to lead the Browns in receiving yards in a season since Ozzie Newsome (711 in 1985)
  • Paced all AFC TEs in receptions and ranked second in receiving yards (Antonio Gates, 782)
  • Caught a single-game career-high 10 passes (since tied) for 100 yards and 1 TD at Mia. (12/5)
  • Tallied 6 catches for 88 yards and 1 TD at Pit. (10/17)

2009: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 16/7, 1/0)

  • Totaled 29 receptions for 404 yards and 5 TDs...Led New England TEs in each receiving category
  • Tallied a career-high-tying 2 TDs on a season-best 6 receptions for 77 yards (12.8 avg.) vs. Buf. (9/14)

2008: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 14/9)

  • Recorded 209 yards and 2 TDs on 22 receptions (9.5 avg.)
  • Notched his second scoring grab of the season, a 2-yard reception, in the come-from-behind win at Sea. (12/7)
  • Secured 8 receptions for 88 yards and 1 TD (all season highs) vs. NYJ (11/13)

2007: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 12/8, 3/3)

  • Led New England TEs in all receiving categories with 36 catches for 389 yards and a career-high 6 TDs (since tied), helping the Patriots to the first 16-0 mark in NFL history
    Collected 2 receptions for 12 yards, each going for TDs, in the Divisional Playoff vs. Jax. (1/12/08)...His 2 scoring grabs set a single-game postseason franchise record by a TE (since broken by Rob Gronkowski, 3)
  • Had a TD catch in each of the season’s first three contests
  • Tallied his first-career 100-yard receiving game (107) and a career-high-tying 2 TDs on 6 catches (17.8) vs. Cle. (10/7)
  • Blocked on Ellis Hobbs’ 108-yard KOR-TD, which set an NFL record (since broken), at NYJ (9/9)

2006: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 13/13, 3/2)

  • Gained 643 yards and 3 TDs on 49 receptions (13.1 avg.), leading New England TEs in each category
  • Netted 48 yards on a team-high 5 catches in the AFC Championship at Ind. (1/21/07)
  • Posted a team-leading 87 yards and 1 TD on 6 receptions vs. Chi. (11/26)
  • Recorded a team-high 5 receptions for 74 yards and 1 TD at GB (11/19)
  • Led the team with season highs in catches (7) and receiving yards (95 ), also posting 1 TD at Min. (10/30)

2005: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 15/9, 2/2)

  • Led all New England TEs with 29 receptions for 441 yards and 4 TDs
  • Tackled CB Champ Bailey out of bounds at the Patriots’ 1-yard line, preventing him from scoring on a 100-yard INT return, in the Divisional Playoff at Den. (1/14/06)
  • Posted team highs with 91 receiving yards and 5 catches, including the longest scoring reception in Patriots playoff history (63 yards), in the Wild Card vs. Jax. (1/7/06)
  • Recorded a season- and team-high 66 yards on 4 receptions (16.5 avg.) vs. NO (11/20)
  • Caught 3 passes for 37 yards and a career-high 2 TDs (since tied) at Mia. (11/13)
  • Secured his first-career scoring grab on a 33-yard reception at Atl. (10/9)

2004: (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – 1/1)

  • Member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots as a rookie...Placed on Injured Reserve (knee) on 9/29
  • Started his first-career NFL game, posting 2 receptions for 16 yards, vs. Ind. (9/9)

— College —

  • Totaled 73 receptions for 945 yards (12.9 avg.) and 7 TDs at Georgia and Duke
  • Was a three-year (2001-03) starter for the Bulldogs, recording 65 receptions for 852 yards (13.6 avg.) and 6 TDs
  • Caught 8 passes for 93 yards and 1 TD as a freshman for the Blue Devils in 1999
  • Posted 23 catches for 324 yards and 2 TDs as a senior in 2003...Served as an offensive team captain
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia’s Terry School of Business

— High School —

  • Attended Northwestern (Rock Hill, SC) HS, where he recorded 31 receptions for 515 yards and 5 TDs as a senior and led his team to the state championship as a junior
  • Was a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— Watson’s Community Impact —

  • Created the One More Foundation, which is dedicated to spreading the love and hope of Jesus Christ to one more soul
  • For three seasons in New Orleans, annually hosted “The Big BENefit,” which provided gift cards for a shopping spree to 25 families selected by the New Orleans Family Justice Center
  • Annually hosts a football clinic in his hometown (Rock Hill, SC) that helps provide meals to impoverished families in Africa
  • Nominated for the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his dedication to community and charitable endeavors and his excellent play on the field...Was one of three finalists (Anquan Boldin and Eli Manning)
  • New Orleans Saints Man of the Year (2015)
  • Spoke at the Pentagon for National Prayer Week (2015)
  • Finalist for the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award (2014), given annually to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community
  • Finalist for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award (2013), recognizing players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns
  • Earned the Action Call to Courage Award (2012) for his impact on and off the field by bringing out the best in his peers
 

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