Player Bio

Benjamin Watson
TE #82
Height:
6-3
Weight:
255
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Rock Hill, S.C.
Experience:
9
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 131 340 4,002 11.8 30.5 44 30 55 3 210 7
2013 NO 15 19 226 11.9 15.1 32 2 4 0 14 0
2012 CLE 16 49 501 10.2 31.3 27 3 5 0 27 1
2011 CLE 13 37 410 11.1 31.5 34T 2 3 0 21 0
2010 CLE 16 68 763 11.2 47.7 44 3 10 1 40 0
2009 NE 16 29 404 13.9 25.3 36 5 5 0 20 0
2008 NE 14 22 209 9.5 14.9 29 2 1 0 12 1
2007 NE 12 36 389 10.8 32.4 35 6 7 0 21 1
2006 NE 13 49 643 13.1 49.5 40 3 10 2 32 3
2005 NE 15 29 441 15.2 29.4 35 4 10 0 22 1
2004 NE 1 2 16 8 16 14 0 0 0 1 0
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 131 2 0 10 5 0.1 0 11 1 50 0 0 0
2013 NO 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CLE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 CLE 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 16 1 0.1 -1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 0 -- 0 0 0
2009 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 NE 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 NE 12 1 0.1 11 11 0.9 0 11 1 100 0 0 0
2006 NE 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 131 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2013 NO 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CLE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 CLE 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 NE 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 NE 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NE 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 15 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2004 NE 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 131 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 NO 15 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CLE 16 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 CLE 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 NE 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 NE 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 NE 12 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NE 13 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 131 7 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
2013 NO 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2012 CLE 16 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2011 CLE 13 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2010 CLE 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2009 NE 16 -- -- 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 -- -- --
2008 NE 14 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2007 NE 12 1 0 -- -- 1 -- 0 0 1 0 0
2006 NE 13 3 1 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2005 NE 15 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2004 NE 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by New England in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft… Signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2010.

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by New England in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft… Signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2010.

Seasonal Reviews:

2011: Started 11 of the 13 games in which he played… Caught 37 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns… Finished third on the team in receptions and receiving yards… Had three catches for 45 yards vs. Cincinnati (9/11), including a 34-yard touchdown grab… Along with a two-yard touchdown catch by Evan Moore, it marked the first time that two Browns tight ends had a touchdown catch in the same game since October 1, 2006 at Oakland when Kellen Winslow and Darnell Dinkins accomplished the feat… Hauled in a season-high six receptions for 48 yards vs. Tennessee (10/2) and scored on a 10-yard pass from Colt McCoy on fourth-and-nine in the fourth quarter… Appeared in his 100th career regular season contest at Pittsburgh (12/8) and caught two passes for 11 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion… Placed on injured reserve on December 16.

2010: Started a career-high 16 games and led the team in all three receiving categories with 68 receptions for 763 yards and three touchdowns… Reception total was 10th in the AFC, first among AFC tight ends and fifth among NFL tight ends… Reception total also was the sixth-highest single-season figure by a Browns tight end… Yardage figure was second among AFC tight ends, trailing only Antonio Gates (782)… It also was fifth-most among all NFL tight ends and was the eighth-most ever by a Browns tight end… Became the first tight end to lead the Browns in receiving yards since Ozzie Newsome (711) in 1985… Was one of three tight ends (Zach Miller, Vernon Davis) to lead their club in both receptions and receiving yards… Had five or more catches in a game on eight occasions… Hauled in a career-long 44-yard reception from Seneca Wallace against Kansas City (9/19)… Recorded touchdown receptions from Wallace (at Baltimore 9/26), Colt McCoy (at Pittsburgh 10/17) and Jake Delhomme (at Miami 12/5)… Against the Dolphins, set a career-high with 10 receptions, totaling 100 yards.

2009: Appeared in 16 games with seven starts… Ranked fifth on the team with 29 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns… Recorded a season-high six receptions for 77 yards, while matching a career-best with two touchdowns against Buffalo (9/14).

2008: Played in 14 games with nine starts… Finished fifth on the team with 22 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns… Tallied season highs with eight receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets (11/13)… Registered his second touchdown reception of the season with a two-yard scoring strike from Matt Cassel in the Patriots’ comeback win at Seattle (12/7).

2007: Saw action in 12 games with eight starts… Recorded a career-high six touchdown receptions… Set single-game highs in receiving yards (107) and touchdowns (2) in a victory over Cleveland (10/7)… Member of special teams unit that blocked for Ellis Hobbs’ NFL record-setting 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in opener at N.Y. Jets (9/9)… Recorded a touchdown reception in each of the first three games of the season… Hauled in his sixth touchdown catch of the season, on a three-yard, score in the Patriots’ win at Buffalo (11/18)… Tied the Patriots’ playoff record for most touchdown receptions in a game with a pair of scores in the team’s Divisional playoff victory over Jacksonville (1/12/08).

2006: Started all 13 games in which he appeared and finished second on the team with 49 receptions for 643 receiving yards with three touchdowns… Led the team with 95 receiving yards on seven receptions with a touchdown at Minnesota (10/30)… Led the team with five receptions and 74 receiving yards, including a touchdown, at Green Bay (11/19)… Tied for the team lead with six receptions for a team-high 87 receiving yards and a touchdown against Chicago (11/26)… Led the team with five receptions and 48 yards in the AFC Championship Game at Indianapolis (1/21/07).

2005: Played in 15 games with nine starts… Led all New England tight ends with 29 receptions for 441 yards and four touchdowns… Snared his first career touchdown, on a 33-yard pass from Tom Brady, against Atlanta (10/9)… Led the team with 66 receiving yards on four receptions against New Orleans (11/20)… Led the team with five receptions and 91 receiving yards, including a 63-yard touchdown in the Wild Card Playoff game against Jacksonville (1/7/06), marking the longest touchdown reception in Patriots playoff history.

2004: Started only game in which he played… Made NFL debut against Indianapolis (9/9) and recorded two receptions for 16 yards… Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on September 29.

College: Registered 73 receptions for 945 receiving yards (12.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns during his collegiate career… Began his career at Duke University (1999), catching eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown… As a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia (2001-03), recorded 65 receptions for 852 yards (13.6 avg.) and six touchdowns… Served as offensive team captain as a senior… A preseason All-America and All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior… Posted 23 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns as a senior… Started 13 games as a junior, registering 31 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns… Majored in finance.

Personal: Born Benjamin Seth Watson in Norfolk, Va… Attended Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) High School… Recorded 31 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns as a senior… Helped lead the team to the state championship his junior year… Traveled to Israel with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a group from the Boston area in 2008… In the winter of 2007, traveled with a small group of NFL players on a USO tour visiting U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan… Has traveled to China as a Patriots ambassador… Lists photography as a hobby… Member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Created the One More Foundation which is dedicated to spreading the love and hope of Christ to one more soul… The foundation’s website is www.WatsonOneMore.org… Recipient of 2012 Athletes in Action Call to Courage Award… Married (Kirsten) with two daughters (Grace Makayla and Naomi Love) and a son (Isaiah Benjamin).