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Full Name: Benjamin Watson Primary Position: TE
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/253 College: Duke University, University of Georgia
Birthdate: December 17, 1980 High School: Northwestern (Rock Hills, SC)
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Pro Experience: 3 years


Biography

Ben Watson (Benjamin Watson) was born on December 17, 1980. After going to high school at Northwestern (Rock Hills, SC), Watson attended Duke University and the University of Georgia. Watson made his professional debut in the NFL in 2004 with the New England Patriots. He has played for the New England Patriots for his entire 3 year career.

Most people believe that 2006 was Ben Watson's best year, as he hauled in 49 receptions and had 643 receiving yards.

Benjamin Watson is an American football player for the New England Patriots. He is best known for excellent speed and athletic ability for a tight end, but also for being prone to injury.

High school career

Ben Watson attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. As a senior, he caught 31 passes for 515 yards (16.61 yards per rec. avg), was an All-Area pick, All-Region selection, an All-State honoree, selected to play in the Shrine Bowl, and voted Student of the Year. As a junior, he was an All-Area pick, an All-region selection, led his team to the state championship, and voted Student of the Year.

NFL career

He was on the injured list for almost his entire rookie season for the Patriots, playing in only one game.

His two biggest plays of the 2005 season came in the playoffs. In one, during the Patriots' first game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, on a third-down play that nearly forced the Patriots to punt, Watson broke free of one tackle to earn the first down; in all, Watson broke three tackles and outran five defenders, taking the ball 65 yards to score the touchdown.

Even more impressive, though, was his hit on Champ Bailey, another former Georgia Bulldog, during the Patriots' 2006 AFC Conference divisional game against Denver. Bailey intercepted a Tom Brady pass at the one-yard line, and ran it to the New England 1. Watson, running from the opposite corner of the field, forcefully tackled Bailey, who slowed down after running out of breath from Denver's high altitude. Bailey fumbled the ball (the hit was so hard that he was left dazed on the ground for several minutes), but the Broncos retained possession and scored on the next play. (Some analysts believe that the fumble should have been called a touchback, giving possession to New England, but the original call of a fumble out of bounds was not overturned.)


Scouting Report

Statistics

Receiving Stats

year team league games REC YDS AVG TD LNG
2004 NWE NFL 1 2 16 8 0 14
2005 NWE NFL 15 29 441 15.2 4 35
2006 NWE NFL 13 49 643 13.1 3 40
3 year NFL career 29 80 1100 13.8 7 0

Kick Return Stats

year team league games RET YDS AVG LNG TD
2004 NWE NFL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 NWE NFL 15 2 31 15.5 21 0
2006 NWE NFL 13 0 0 0 0 0
3 year NFL career 29 2 31 15.5 0 0

Fumble Recovery Stats

year team league games TOT OWR OPR YDS TD
2004 NWE NFL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 NWE NFL 15 0 0 0 0 0
2006 NWE NFL 13 3 0 0 0 0
3 year NFL career 29 3 0 0 0 0

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