Ben Watson‘s four-game suspension is over, which leaves the veteran eligible to get into the lineup as another option for Brady. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spent some time on Tuesday talking about what Watson brings to the table.
“Well, Ben’s a versatile guy, he’s a smart guy. He’s certainly made a lot of plays in his career,” McDaniels said on a conference call. “Just gives an element of speed and experience at the tight end position. He’s been a productive guy, made plays under pressure. So, Ben’s coming back here; it was great to have him back this offseason into training camp, and hopefully we’ll be able to move forward with him in a role that suits his skillset and our team.”
The story said none of Tom Brady's 18 completions came on throws to tight ends against the Bills in Week 4. The Patriots TE group as a whole has just four catches through the first four weeks.
Ben Watson could be finishing his career right where it started.
The 38-year-old Watson is returning to the Patriots on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.
Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network first reported the news.
The average annual value is three times higher than Austin Seferian-Jenkins' deal and twice as much as Matt LaCosse's contract, which indicates the Patriots think that Watson still has some gas left in the tank. The Patriots' TE spot is one to monitor this summer.
Jan 18, 2019 · 7:08 PM EST
Saints TE Ben Watson (illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 20.
The New Orleans Saints had an uncharacteristically poor offensive performance in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, but when breaking down the issues on Monday, coach Sean Payton called out one position in particular.
"We have to be better at the tight end position, that's for sure," Payton said while listing the problems with the offense. "You see that on tape, all right, and we'll get that all cleaned up."
Thus far, Watson has seven catches for 63 yards. He nearly had a two-yard touchdown on Sunday, but Brees overthrew him in the end zone. But as the story pointed out, it's not just receiving numbers, it's also blocking—the Saints are last in the NFL in rushing yards.