The New Orleans Saints made some really nice moves in the offseason, and despite not making many “sexy” moves, the team finds itself at 5-1 and no. 1 one in the NFC south division. The Saints’ staff really did their homework this past offseason and made the moves that mattered and have reaped the benefits of their smart decisions.
One key acquisition that the Saints made this offseason was when they signed tight end Benjamin Watson.
Watson is a seasoned veteran who has spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots, but the Saints signed him in the offseason after a three-year stint with the Cleveland Browns. So far, Watson has played every game for the Saints this season, and while he has only caught eight receptions on the year, he provides so much more to the team.
Watson has 110 receiving yards off of his eight receptions to go along with one touchdown. He not only provides leadership to the younger players, but he is always ready when his number is called. In the Saints’ last game, a 30-27 heartbreaker to the Patriots, Watson caught three passes for 61 yards.
Since Jimmy Graham was shut out, Watson received more targets and stepped up when the team needed him too.
Graham is obviously the Saints’ best tight end and Watson has done a great job backing him up. Furthermore, Watson does whatever the team asks him to do and remains to be a professional throughout everything.
Watson may not get a lot of playing time but you cannot doubt his significance to the Saints. Teams with Super Bowl aspirations have guys like Watson on their team and if the Saints make it that far Watson will make some kind of impact.