The New Orleans Saints did not exactly turn a lot of heads this offseason when the team inked former Cleveland Browns tight end Ben Watson to a contract.
Of course the same could be said about safety Jim Leonhard, but we’ll focus on Watson for the time being.
In case you have not kept up with his quiet career, Watson has spent nine years in the league, the majority of his time coming as a critical No. 2 option on most rosters.
What a surprise—that’s exactly what the Saints need him to do behind Jimmy Graham next year.
Watson spent last season with the Browns, and while many will criticize the offense for holding his production back, he actually reeled in 49 receptions—the second-highest tally of his career. That includes his playing days with the New England Patriots while catching passes from a guy named Tom Brady.
All statistics aside, Watson is known for being an all-around great player, whether he’s asked to stay in and block on the line or go out and catch passes. He’s the perfect complement to Graham.
With the Saints, Watson is going to see the lightest workload of his career. The good news is that if Graham were to go down with an injury, Watson is known for catching the majority of passes thrown his way, so he’ll be able to step in and be very productive if needed.
There were plenty of smart signings this offseason in New Orleans as the franchise looks to get back on track, but Watson is a move that deserves more attention.
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