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Benjamin Watson
TE #82
Height:
6-3
Weight:
251
Age:
37
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Rock Hill, SC
Experience:
15

Quick Stats (2017):

REC
61
YDS
522
AVG
8.6
TDS
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 495 5,485 11.1 46 42 2 10 5 11 0 9 4
2017 BAL 16 12 61 522 8.6 33T 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
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 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @CIN W 20-0 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 CLE W 24-10 8 91 11.4 23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @JAX L 7-44 3 12 4 6 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 PIT L 9-26 5 43 8.6 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @OAK W 30-17 2 2 1 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
6 CHI L 24-27 6 28 4.7 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @MIN L 16-24 5 38 7.6 20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 MIA W 40-0 2 6 3 4 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @TEN L 20-23 7 41 5.9 16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @GB W 23-0 1 33 33 33 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 HOU W 23-16 3 29 9.7 16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 DET W 44-20 3 24 8 18 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 @PIT L 38-39 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 @CLE W 27-10 4 74 18.5 33 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 IND W 23-16 5 40 8 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 CIN L 27-31 7 61 8.7 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Key Transactions

  • Placed on Injured Reserve (Achilles) on 8/29/16
  • 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 sixth in receptions (434), seventh in receiving yards (4,963) and seventh in TD grabs (38) among active NFL TEs
  • 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

  • In 2016, published his second book, “The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life,” featuring advice and info on being a father
  • 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 in Ferguson, MO
  • 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, Kirsten, have twin daughters, Grace and Naomi, sons Isaiah and Judah and daughter Eden

Season Recaps

2016:(Batimore Ravens - 0/0)

  • Placed on Injured Reserve (Achilles) on 8/29 after sustaining his injury in the first preseason game

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)
  • Had a season-best 6 catches 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)

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
  • Posted 23 catches for 324 yards and 2 TDs as a senior in 2003...Served as an offensive team captain
  • Caught 8 passes for 93 yards and 1 TD as a freshman for the Blue Devils in 1999
  • 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

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Key Transactions

  • Placed on Injured Reserve (Achilles) on 8/29/16
  • 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 sixth in receptions (434), seventh in receiving yards (4,963) and seventh in TD grabs (38) among active NFL TEs
  • 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

  • In 2016, published his second book, “The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life,” featuring advice and info on being a father
  • 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 in Ferguson, MO
  • 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, Kirsten, have twin daughters, Grace and Naomi, sons Isaiah and Judah and daughter Eden

Season Recaps

2016:(Batimore Ravens - 0/0)

  • Placed on Injured Reserve (Achilles) on 8/29 after sustaining his injury in the first preseason game

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)
  • Had a season-best 6 catches 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)

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
  • Posted 23 catches for 324 yards and 2 TDs as a senior in 2003...Served as an offensive team captain
  • Caught 8 passes for 93 yards and 1 TD as a freshman for the Blue Devils in 1999
  • 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
 

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