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Old 07-10-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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The New Orleans Saints offense has been in the top 5 every season since Sean Payton took over, breaking records and shredding defenses alike. Given this fact, one would not think anything needs to change (if it ainít broke, donít fix it); however, expect there to be a change in the look and style of the offense, most notably the use of the two tight end set.

The Saints have been trying to slowly implement this, but just havenít had the personnel. It started off with Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas, but both were injury prone. Then the team drafted Jimmy Graham to go with Shockey, but Shockey couldnít stay on the field. The same goes for Graham and Thomas. Now, it seems like their problems are solved with the signing of Ben Watson from the Cleveland Browns.

Watson, at 32 years old, still brings a lot of skill, athleticism, and experience to complement the best tight end in the game in Graham. Watsonís numbers donít jump off the page, but in years where he has made double digit starts he has not disappointed. In 2010, his only season where he made 16 starts, he put up 763 yards on 68 receptions. Keep in mind, this was with the Browns, whose offense was subpar to put it kindly. And in his one season with New England where he made a significant amount of starts, he put up 643 yards in 13 games. In addition, many scouts and coaches say that Watson has one of the highest football IQs in the NFL.

Watsonís athleticism will allow the Saints to be a lot more flexible. For one, teams will not be able to load up on Graham since Watson has the ability to beat single coverage. Also, he will provide more space for the outside receivers if defense decide to pinch in to neutralize the Graham and Watson. The Ben Watson effect goes deeper than the passing game. The use of the bigger, more imposing two tight end sets limits the effectiveness of eight man fronts typically used to stop the run. This will get defenses off balance because the Saints will be able to maintain the threat of the pass without sacrificing the size needed for an effective running game. More importantly, defenses will have trouble matching up with both Watson and Graham since corners will be too small and linebackers and safeties too slow.

This concept is nothing new. The expression ďitís a copycat leagueĒ rings true as the New England Patriots have been running this concepts for the past few years with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. However, just because it isnít original doesnít mean it wonít be effective. The Saints will be able to run this concept just as well since they will boast the best two tight end combination in the league (with Hernandez being arrested and all). Though Watsonís signing didnít generate a lot of hoopla, it may prove to be one of the more important signings the Saints made, propelling the already prolific Saints offense to new heights.

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Re: New Orleans Saints: The Ben Watson Effect

Solid addition to the team as long as he can stay healthy

Could always be relied on when he played for the patriots, he and graham should form a solid group
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IIRC he's also a very good blocker, which may help our ground game just as much as our passing game.
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Really think he will be an upgrade from Thomas... I can't wait to see these plays SP has been working up over the last year
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IIRC he's also a very good blocker, which may help our ground game just as much as our passing game.
How's he at pass blocking? Someone's gonna need some help outside LT
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Yep, totally liking this signing. Plus he's not going to need to be a pallbearer now that he's with us and not the Browns. Did y'all hear that story?
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How's he at pass blocking? Someone's gonna need some help outside LT
I'm thinking more often at RT then LT.

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I'm thinking more often at RT then LT.

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So you're saying that Strief will need more help than Charles Brown[LT starter atm]?! Have we forgotten that Brown has started a total of something like 6 games?
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Originally Posted by |Mitch| View Post
So you're saying that Strief will need more help than Charles Brown[LT starter atm]?! Have we forgotten that Brown has started a total of something like 6 games?
Yep! He looked good over those 6 starts.
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Yep! He looked good over those 6 starts.
If he looked so good, why didn't he start at the RT spot all year instead of Strief?

I bet he wouldn't have needed any blocking support

EDIT: looked it up, it was 3 starts, my mistake

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