I briefly caught up with the guys from Dawgs by Nature on twitter to get their take on the Saints' new tight end Ben Watson. Dawgs by Nature is the top Cleveland Browns blog out there in my opinion. Here is what they had to say about the Saints' new pass catcher:
@saintsnationblg yes he is a good backup. Tough as nails, okay blocker, good hands in tight areas. He will make your team tougher.— Dawgs By Nature (@DawgsByNature) March 25, 2013
Personally this sounds like my kind of player. While he's a capable blocker he's probably not as strong in that department as I'd like, because I feel like a backup to a weaker blocker like Jimmy Graham needs to excel in that department, but I do feel like the Saints have really lacked a tight end receiving threat to pair with Graham once Jeremy Shockey left. This is a nice 1-2 tandem to mirror what the Patriots do with Gronkowski and Hernandez, granted Watson isn't on that level.
Well Dave Thomas did get 25(or more?) catches in the 2009 season. His injuries have kept him back to be that backup. Though having Graham backing up Shockey is hard to top..
@MarijnPessers Trust me Watson is a MUCH better receiver than Thomas. You'll just have to wait to see. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the wrinkle he'll add to the passing game.