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Saints' Ben Watson: No practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson wasn't present at Thursday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Watson's absence from the final practice before Saturday's exhibition versus the Chargers is an ominous sign for his availability. In the end, though, the Saints should clarify the status of their starting tight end, whether he's dealing with an injury, a personal matter or something else. Once the regular season rolls around, he'll be aiming to replicate his 74-825-6 line from his previous stint with the Saints in 2015.

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Saints' Ben Watson: Could be used as downfield receiver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson could be utilized as a downfield receiver, predicts Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, who has been "blown away" by Watson this summer.

A beat reporter's speculation about player usage is not usually noteworthy, but Katzenstein's reporting aligns with similar accounts that Watson, even at age 37, has looked as spry as ever in training camp. Moreover, the prediction that Watson could help stretch the field is hardly out of left field. The Coby Fleener experiment was a failure, but up until the last two seasons, tight ends have been heavily featured in the Saints' offense under head coach Sean Payton, as quarterback Drew Brees loves to hit his tight end on play-action seam passes over cheating linebackers. Although it seems likely that Watson has lost a few steps as he enters his 15th NFL season, he certainly has familiarity with Payton's offense and is only three years removed from catching 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns with Brees in 2015. Watson's upside may be limited due to the number of weapons in the Saints offense, but the veteran should be a solid option for tight-end needy owners late in drafts.

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Saints' Ben Watson: Quiet despite starting
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson started Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals, but he didn't draw any targets on 18 snaps.

After missing the first week of the preseason with an undisclosed injury, Watson returned to practice last weekend and proved his health Friday night. He figures to get plenty of snaps on a team without much talent at his position, but it would be unwise to expect a reprisal of his 2015 target count (109) from his last stint with the Saints. In addition to being three years older, Watson is now part of a far more balanced team.

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Saints' Ben Watson: Rejoins practice Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday, Joel A. Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Watson suffered the undisclosed issue during Monday's practice, but the veteran tight end appears to have avoided anything serious in this case. After a one-year stop in Baltimore, the 37-year-old tight end is expected to head his position group again in New Orleans this season, with Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui serving as his primary backup options.

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Saints' Ben Watson: Nursing undisclosed injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson appeared to suffer an injury during Monday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Watson was removed from the first practice of the week with a member of the training staff at his side. While the Saints have yet to comment on the injury, the 37-year-old tight end was held out again Wednesday. Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui (undisclosed) have been working with the first-team offense in Watson's absence.

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