Position: Tight end.
Years in the NFL: 10.
Acquired: Signed as free agent March 18, 2013.
Career highlights: Has 321 receptions for 3,776 yards and 28 TDs in nine seasons. Had 68 catches for 763 yards, both career highs, with the Browns in 2010.
Strengths: Complete blocker and receiver.
Working on: What to do with a new organization and how to do it.
Projection: At 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, the 32-year-old Watson gives the Saints another viable option with Jimmy Graham in the passing game. He should also be a key as an extra blocker for a running game that hopes to be improved.
“There is a sense of urgency. The fact is that we were one of the worst defenses in the league last year. The sense of urgency ... we have to harp on that.”
— Saints OLB Junior Galette on the defense’s play in the Black and Gold Scrimmage.
“That was great. It gets you excited about football season, and lets you know how excited our fans are.”
— Saints QB Drew Brees on the 5,123 fans who showed up for the scrimmage.
Spotlight on ... the tight ends
On solid ground: Jimmy Graham, Benjamin Watson.
Work to do: Michael Higgins.
Plenty to prove: Josh Hill, Keavon Milton.
Camp developments: With two quality tight ends in Graham and Watson, the Saints may have one of the best tandems in the league. After that, it’s a tossup if they decide to keep three. If so, Higgins, who has played four games in the past two years, would have the inside track. If he doesn’t make it, he would likely wind up on the practice squad again.
Out: LB Martez Wilson (elbow), QB Seneca Wallace (groin), DE Tom Johnson (hip), LB Ray Shipman (hamstring), WR Marques Colston (foot), CB Patrick Robinson (knee), LB Victor Butler (knee).