Drew Brees’ Old Posse Saddles Up for What Could Be Their Last Ride

August 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Benjamin Watson does not look old. Not even "football old."
Watson looks spry when beating defenders to the corner of the end zone for touchdowns during seven-on-sevens. He looks like a 26-year-old tough guy when stonewalling rookie pass-rusher Hau'oli Kikaha during pass-protection drills.
Watson even sounds young and enthusiastic when talking about the upcoming season or when joking about his role as an elder statesman on an offense full of them.
"The kids [young Saints players] say 'I used to play you on Madden when I was in middle school,'" Watson said after a mid-August practice. "I say, 'Thanks, guys.'"
Watson, a 12th-year veteran, is suddenly a full-time starter again, but he's not trying to do the things that departed starter Jimmy Graham used to do. Watson isn't racing up the seams for 30-yard passes or posting up in front of the goal posts in search of jump-ball touchdowns. He's outwitting defenders he cannot ou...

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