|Date of Birth:||12/18/1980|
|Drafted:||2004 | Round 1 | Pick 32|
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Benjamin Watson has officially retired from the NFL.
You can read Watson's entire retirement statement in the link below, but he leaves the gridiron as an accomplished player on and off the field. Watson returned to the Patriots (the team he started his career with) in 2019 in the hopes of winning a Super Bowl title as a major contributor, but he was a member of the New England team that Super Bowl XXXIX after the 2004 season. The tight end's career ends with 547 receptions for 6,058 yards and 46 touchdowns while playing for the Patriots, Browns, Saints, and Ravens. We wish him the best of luck on his post-playing career.
The Patriots are re-signing Benjamin Watson, according to ESPN's Field Yates.
Watson was just released a week ago after the Patriots chose not to activate him after his four-game suspension, but the veteran tight end is back in the mix and will continue his playing career as he planned when he signed with New England in the offseason. Watson is not a highly recommended fantasy pickup, but perhaps he can help make the tight end position more of a receiving threat for the Patriots offense.
The Patriots have released Benjamin Watson, according to multiple reports.
Watson was not activated by 4:00 PM ET today, which was the deadline for him to be added to the 53-man roster after his four-game suspension to start the season. This isn't a huge surprise after Watson was not activated for yesterday's game against the Redskins, but it basically confirms New England is not likely to utilize their tight ends consistently as receivers this season. The veteran tight end reportedly wants to continue playing despite retiring in the offseason and unretiring to join the Patriots (the team that drafted him in 2004), but he can be left on fantasy waiver wires for now.
Benjamin Watson will not play in Week 5.
Watson returned from his four-game suspension this week, but he's reportedly not making the trip to Washington and is out for tomorrow's game. The Patriots can active Watson to the active roster by Monday at 4:00 PM ET, and we expect that they will do that. New England's passing game is running through its wide receivers and running backs this season.
Benjamin Watson is being suspended four games after a failed drug test.
Watson was fully planning on retiring this offseason, and he says he was prescribed and took Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate and was randomly drug tested by the NFL, which he accepted because he didn't expect to play again. Then teams, including the Patriots, expressed interest in signing him, and he knew he'd have a four-game suspension if he decided to play again. So basically, Watson is disappointed but accepts his punishment under the NFL's policy and will not be appealing this suspension. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is likely to be New England's top tight end for the first four weeks of the season, and a strong performance could lead to him keeping the role even when Watson returns. Watson's 2019 season debut will come in Week 5 at Washington on October 6.
The Patriots have officially signed Benjamin Watson.
This was reportedly going to happen, and now it's officially been announced by the team. The veteran tight end’s retirement is over without getting started, as he’s back with the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft. Perhaps after starting his career with a Super Bowl victory while he was on injured reserve in his rookie season, Watson will look to go out with another ring while being on the field for the Big Game this time around. Watson will team with Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end for New England as the Patriots look to overcome the loss of Rob Gronkowski. Watson’s fantasy ceiling is probably low-end TE1 value this season.
Benjamin Watson is considering playing in 2019, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Watson was set to retire after last season, but he's apparently having second thoughts. Schefter says the veteran tight end is currently focused on welcoming twins next week, but that "he may be open to coming back to the right situation." Watson is one of the best locker-room presences in the league, so we'd think teams will be interested in brining him in. Ultimately, Watson doesn't need to be picked up in dynasty leagues, as he isn't likely to be a bonafide starter with a huge role as a receiver this season; but he'd be a welcome addition to a team in real life if he resumes his playing career.
Benjamin Watson (illness) is officially inactive for the NFC title game.
Watson was said to be out on Friday because he missed the first two practices of the week while dealing with appendicitis, and he's now officially inactive despite being listed as questionable entering the weekend. However, the veteran tight end was able to warm up a bit pre-game, and it looks like he should be ready for the Super Bowl if New Orleans advances. If not, it'll be an unfortunate end to the veteran tight end's career.
Benjamin Watson will not play in the NFC Championship Game, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell.
Watson has appendicitis and missed the last two practices, and Terrell says the team has decided that he'll be inactive for Sunday. This isn't a surprise considering the Saints are a very precise and detail-oriented team that relies on practice time to get a rhythm for Sunday as much as any team in the league. Unfortunately, this could mean the end of Watson's career, as he retiring after the season; so the veteran tight end will be cheering as much as anyone for his team to advance to the Super Bowl so he can suit up one last time.
Benjamin Watson catches one pass in the Divisional Round.
Watson gained 12 yards, picking up a first down on his lone reception in the Saints' win versus the Eagles. The veteran tight end's career will continue, as his final NFL season will at least extend to the NFC title game next Sunday against the Rams.
Benjamin Watson caught two passes for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Watson played despite Drew Brees sitting with the No. 1 seed locked up, and the veteran tight end will now make one more postseason run before calling it a career. At 38, Watson finishes the regular season by catching 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
Benjamin Watson catches one pass in Week 16.
Watson gained six yards on his lone reception versus Pittsburgh. The veteran tight end is not a recommended fantasy option for Week 17.
Benjamin Watson catches one pass against the Panthers.
Watson gained 28 yards on his lone Week 15 reception. He was also targeted on a deep ball that Drew Brees put right on the money in stride, but the ball was popped out just as he was trying to compete the process of the catch. The veteran tight end might need a touchdown to deliver fantasy value in title matchups next week when he faces the Steelers.
Benjamin Watson catches three passes in Week 14.
Watson gained 24 yards on his three receptions versus Tampa Bay. The veteran tight end worked as the top tight end with Dan Arnold inactive in the rainy conditions, but he's not a highly-recommended fantasy option at the moment. Next week against the Panthers is a good matchup, though.
Benjamin Watson did not catch a pass in Week 13.
The veteran tight end was not targeted against the Cowboys, and he doesn't appear to be getting much playing time right now. He's difficult to trust in lineups for the start of the fantasy playoffs (for most leagues) next week.
Benjamin Watson catches 20-yard pass in Week 12 win over the Falcons.
Watson was targeted just twice in the victory, but the other was a near touchdown that he couldn't hold onto in coverage down the seam. Next week against Dallas, the veteran will be difficult to trust as anything more than a low-end TE2 on an offense that spreads the ball around.
Benjamin Watson did not catch a pass in Week 11.
Watson didn't appear to get much playing time against the Eagles. The veteran tight end could always be good for a score with Drew Brees throwing him the ball, but he offers a zero-point floor each week.
Benjamin Watson catches one pass in Week 10.
Watson gained one yard on his one reception, as he initially had a touchdown but it was overturned after it was determined his knee was down. The veteran tight end will be in the streamer mix next week, but he'll probably need a touchdown to deliver strong value in a tough matchup against the Eagles.
Benjamin Watson scores in Week 9.
Watson had three receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' win over the Rams, with the score coming on a 13-yard reception on a dime from Drew Brees after a play-action fake. After the touchdown, Watson did a touchdown celebration to announce he and his wife were having twins, which was pretty cool. The veteran tight end faces the Bengals next week, and he has some TE1 appeal given that he's playing well. But there's also a zero-point floor to consider.
Benjamin Watson scores in win over the Ravens.
Facing his former team, Watson caught six-of-six targets for 43 yards, including a one-yard touchdown for the 500th of Drew Brees' career. It was the first trip for the 37-year-old this season, but he's been a weekly factor and should be squarely on the TE2 map for next Sunday night's matchup with the Vikings.
Benjamin Watson catches all four targets against the Redskins.
The veteran tight end was a reliable target for Drew Brees on underneath routes after play-action fakes, and he gained 30 yards on his four receptions. Watson faces his former Ravens team after New Orleans' Week 6 bye week.
Benjamin Watson catches one pass in Week 4.
The veteran tight end made a nice catch down the field for 23 yards against the Giants. Through four games, Watson is on pace for a 52/628/0 line, and he'll look to find the end zone for the first time this season next Monday night against the Redskins.
Benjamin Watson has a productive day in win over the Falcons.
Watson caught five passes for 71 yards, including a diving grab in the red zone that set up a touchdown in the second half. The 37-year-old gets a tougher matchup against the Giants next Sunday, but he's worth a look as a streaming option in Sean Payton's offense.
Benjamin Watson catches three passes in Week 2.
Watson gained 19 yards on his three receptions (five targets) in the win over the Browns. The veteran tight end probably needs a score to deliver TE1 value next week against the Falcons.
Benjamin Watson catches four passes in Week 1.
The veteran tight end gained 44 yards on his four receptions against the Bucs. Watson and the Saints face the Browns in Week 2. He's in the backend TE1 discussion as Drew Brees' primary tight end.
The Saints are signing tight end Benjamin Watson, according to multiple reports.
It's a one-year deal for the veteran tight end. Watson previously spent 2013-2015 with New Orleans and had the best season of his career in 2015 when he caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns. The career year helped him earn a nice free-agent deal with the Ravens in 2016. Back in New Orleans, Watson might immediately supplant Coby Fleener as the main tight end for Drew Brees, which could be enough to deliver TE1 value in 2018. Watson is 37, but he is still playing well and had 522 yards and four touchdowns in Baltimore last season.
Benjamin Watson catches seven pass in Week 17.
Watson gained 61 yards on his seven receptions against Cincinnati. On the season, the veteran tight end had a 61/522/4 line, and didn't show any limitation while coming off his torn Achilles that forced him to miss the 2016 season. He's 37 and might decide to call it a career, but the Ravens would likely be interested in having him back if Watson wants to keep playing.
Benjamin Watson gets six targets in Week 16.
Watson was a reliable target throughout the game against the Colts, catching five passes for 40 yards in the win. A nicely designed mis-direction screen play to Watson nearly went for a touchdown, but he was tripped up at about the ten-yard line. Watson faces the Bengals in Week 17 and is one of the better TE2 options out there.
Benjamin Watson scores 33-yard touchdown in win over the Browns.
Watson finished with four receptions for 74 yards and the score, as his best two games of the season have come against Cleveland's cupcake defense when it comes to opposing tight ends. The veteran will look to keep it going in another good matchup with the Colts on Saturday, but there are probably better fantasy options to consider.
Benjamin Watson goes catch-less in Week 14.
The Steelers erased Watson, who had only one target in the game. Next week, he’ll look to bounce back against a Browns team that’s susceptible against opposing tight ends.
Benjamin Watson scores in Week 13 win.
Watson caught three passes for 24 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The veteran tight end isn't a recommended fantasy option for the fantasy playoffs, but he should be a reliable target underneath for Joe Flacco down the stretch.
Benjamin Watson catches all three targets in Week 12.
The veteran tight end gained 29 yards on his three receptions in the win over Houston. You're probably hoping for a touchdown if you put Watson into your fantasy lineup next week against the Lions.
Benjamin Watson makes 33-yard catch in Week 11 win.
It was his only reception of the day. The 36-year-old is just a decent streaming option in PPR leagues heading into a matchup with Houston next Monday night.
Benjamin Watson gets ten targets against the Titans.
Watson's ten targets were a team high, and he caught seven passes for 41 yards in the game. The veteran tight end has at least five receptions in five of nine games this season, so he'll remain a fine PPR option in Week 11 against the Packers.
Benjamin Watson scores in Week 7.
The veteran tight end caught a touchdown from Ryan Mallett in the second quarter to cap the drive Joe Flacco left with a concussion. Watson had two receptions for six yards and a touchdown in the game, so the score made his fantasy day. Against a Raiders team susceptible to tight ends, Watson should be a good TE2 option in Week 9.
Benjamin Watson (knee) is active for Week 8.
The veteran tight end was listed as questionable coming in, but there was not much of a question if he'd play. With six teams on a bye, Watson is a a high-end TE2 against a Dolphins team that's struggled against tight ends this year.
Benjamin Watson (knee) is officially questionable for Week 7.
The veteran tight end is expected to play and would be a fine fantasy option against the Dolphins, but be sure to check in tomorrow night to make sure he's active and safe to insert into lineups.
Benjamin Watson catches all five targets against the Vikings.
The veteran tight end gained 38 yards on his five receptions in the Ravens' loss. He could offer a high floor in PPR leagues on Thursday night if the banged up receivers for Baltimore miss the game. It's also worth noting the Dolphins—Baltimore's opponent on Thursday—have not been good against opposing tight ends this season.
Benjamin Watson (knee) is active for Week 7.
Watson only practiced once this week (a limited participation on Friday), but the veteran is in the lineup against Baltimore. WRs Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Breshad Perriman (concussion) are both out, while Mike Wallace might have trouble with Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes for much of the game.
Benjamin Watson (knee) was limited in practice today.
The veteran tight end is expected to be fine, but he's worth keeping an eye on. We'll update you on his practice status when the practice report is released tomorrow.
Benjamin Watson caught six passes for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bears.
The catches were a team-high, but they didn't result in much. Watson is a solid streaming option in PPR leagues, but standard league owners should ignore him outside of really good matchups. The Ravens take on the Vikings next Sunday in Minnesota.
Benjamin Watson caught two passes for two yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
It was a disappointing game for anyone that rolled with Watson in a nice matchup, as the Ravens went with the wide receivers against a weak cornerback group for Oakland. Watson is a borderline streamer against the Bears in Week 6.
Benjamin Watson (calf) is questionable for Week 5.
The veteran tight end didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he was a full participant today. Expect him to be out there on Sunday against Oakland.
Benjamin Watson caught five passes for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
After being held to nothing in the season opener, Watson has gone for at least 43 yards or a touchdown in three-straight games. He doesn't have much upside, but the veteran is a matchup-based streaming option with a good one against the Raiders in Week 5.
Benjamin Watson clears concussion protocol.
The veteran tight end is back win the game for the second half with his team down 19 to the Steelers.
Benjamin Watson is in concussion protocol.
Watson left late in the second quarter against the Steelers and headed to the locker room. It doesn't look like he'll be coming back into the game, but we'll see.
Benjamin Watson (calf) is active today against the Steelers.
He was a full participant in practice on Friday after being a non-participant on Wednesday and Thursday. There are probably better options than Watson to put in your lineup this week.
Benjamin Watson scores only Ravens touchdown in Week 3.
Watson had three receptions for 12 yards and the touchdown, which avoided a shutout in the blowout loss to Jacksonville. Watson and the Ravens get the Steelers in Week 4.
Benjamin Watson caught eight passes for 91 yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Watson led the team in yards by a wide margin, as Joe Flacco constantly went to him in the win. It was a good performance after being held to zero catches in Week 1. The 36-year-old might be worth a look in PPR leagues for those struggling at tight end, but he probably won't have much upside next week against Jacksonville's athletic defense.
Benjamin Watson catches lone target in Thursday's exhibition game.
The Ravens tight end had one reception for 11 yards. It was Watson's first game action since he tore his Achilles last preseason, so it's great to see him out there and healthy. Watson and the Ravens play the Bills in their dress rehearsal preseason game next week.
Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is recovered from his Achilles injury.
Watson is back at practice for the Ravens' mini camp after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles. Watson is 36, but he just had his best season in 2015 when he had 74 receptions for 825 yards and six touchdowns with New Orleans. With Dennis Pitta unfortunately suffering another bad hip injury and off the team, Watson might step in as the starter. The Ravens are deep at tight end, but with the addition of Jeremy Maclin at receiver and good weapons on the outside and out of the backfield, the tight end spot for Baltimore might not provide much fantasy value.
Benjamin Watson says he's "very close" and is in the final stages of his recovery from a torn Achilles.
Watson signed with the Ravens last year, but missed the entire season with a torn Achilles. He said his Achilles recovery has been the hardest he's had to go through. Watson will return to a crowded tight end group that includes Dennis Pitta and 2015 second round pick Maxx Williams.
John Harbaugh says Benjamin Watson (Achilles) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, but still is not cleared.
Watson should be good sometime in training camp, if not at the start of camp. Harbaugh also said the tight end competition will be good. Maxx Williams and Dennis Pitta are in the mix with Watson. One will need to emerge as the clear lead guy to be a good 2017 fantasy option.