Watson caught seven of 10 targets for 61 yards in Sunday's season-ending loss to the Bengals. Watson was once again the safety blanket for quarterback Joe Flacco, and had 16 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown over the final three games of the season, ending the season as the Ravens' second-leading receiver (61 catches for 522 yards). The 37-year-old will enter free agency in 2018 after missing the entirety of 2016 with a torn Achilles, and retirement seems like a definite consideration, although no announcement has been made one way or the other.
Watson caught five of six targets for 40 yards in Saturday's win over the Colts. The veteran tight end turned in another solid performance in Week 16 and has now recorded multiple receptions in four of his last five games. Watson's 54 receptions on the year tie him with Seattle's Jimmy Graham for ninth in the league among tight ends. Obviously, Watson's touchdown production hasn't been in the same stratosphere as Graham's, but Watson does have some sneaky utility in PPR leagues that play into Week 17.
Watson caught all four of his targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Browns. Watson came into the game with a meager average of 7.7 yards per reception, and he failed to catch a pass the previous week in a 39-38 loss to the Steelers. His unexpected outburst primarily was fueled by a 33-yard touchdown, but he also had gains of 18 and 14 yards, accounting for three of his 10 longest receptions this season. Watson gets another favorable matchup Week 16 against the Colts, though his track record this season remains far from encouraging.
Watson was not targeted during Sunday's 39-38 loss to Pittsburgh. Watson was on the field for 33 of Baltimore's 64 offensive snaps, but that was only good enough to tie for second among the team's tight ends with Maxx Williams, and he was eight behind Nick Boyle. Watson is the best receiving tight end on a team that goes heavy in its formations. Still, the veteran has seemed lost in the shuffle at times, failing to top 45 yards receiving in any game since Week 2. The trend is moving downward, but the good news is Watson takes on his Week 2 opponent, the Browns, this Sunday.
Watson caught three of five targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Lions. Sunday marked the first time since before the bye that Watson saw five-or-more targets from quarterback Joe Flacco. Watson responded with another multi-reception outing and added his third touchdown of the year. Nick Boyle's ability as a run blocker has a slight impact on Watson's snap counts and Danny Woodhead's return cuts down on Watson's targets between the 20s. Watson has a tough matchup on the docket next week against Pittsburgh's defense that is among the league's best in slowing down opposing tight ends.
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