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Benjamin Watson
Benjamin Watson
No. 82     New Orleans Saints
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-12-18) December 18, 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
High School: Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2004 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions     321
Receiving yards     3,776
Receiving touchdowns     28
Stats at

Benjamin Watson (born December 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Watson has also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Early years

Watson attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and was a letterman in football. In football, as a senior, he caught 31 passes for 515 yards. The two-time All-Region selection and Northwestern HS Student of the Year led his team to the state championship in his junior season. He was also a member of his high school chapter of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

College career

Watson played football at Duke University prior to transferring to the University of Georgia where he majored in finance. In 3 seasons at Georgia he had 65 catches for 852 yards and 6 TD.

  • 2001 (Georgia): 11 catches for 187 yards with 1 TD.
  • 2002 (Georgia): 31 catches for 341 yards with 3 TD.
  • 2003 (Georgia): 23 catches for 324 yards with 2 TD.

Professional career

New England Patriots

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Wastson with the Patriots in 2009

Watson entered the league after scoring a 48 on his Wonderlic Test [1]. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He was on the injured list for almost his entire rookie season for the Patriots, playing in only one game.

He continued to battle injuries throughout his stint in New England, starting just 47 games in six seasons with the team.[2] He nabbed a career-best six touchdown passes in the Patriots' undefeated 2007 campaign, third best on the team.[3]

Cleveland Browns

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Watson (far left) in Browns training camp in 2012

On March 12, 2010, Watson signed a three year deal with the Cleveland Browns reuniting him with former Patriots assistant coach, Eric Mangini. In the 2010 season, Watson led the Browns in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns (tied with Brian Robiskie).

New Orleans Saints

On March 18th, 2013, Watson agreed to terms on a three year contract with the New Orleans Saints.[4]