BEREA—One of the best friends to a struggling quarterback is the tight end.
With Jake Delhomme coming off the worst season in his career, newly signed free agent tight end Ben Watson could be a key component in the Browns offense this season.
Watson (6-3, 255) is in his seventh NFL season after being a first-round draft choice of the Patriots out of Georgia. Watson caught 29 passes for 404 yards, including five touchdowns in 2009. His best season was 2006 when he caught 49 passes for 643 yards and three touchdowns. In his career, Watson has 167 receptions for 2102 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“We have a lot of new people, including myself, but we’re doing some good things,” Watson said. “Every practice we’re getting better.”
Watson has been to two Super Bowls, winning one and has been on the other end of Tom Brady’s passes. He said that Brady and Jake Delhomme are totally different.
“They’re two totally different quarterbacks,” he said. “Jake is Jake and Tom is Tom.”
Watson and Delhomme seemed to be finding a good chemistry thus far in the short time the pair has been together. Delhomme hit Watson on an out pattern for about 20 yards in the 11-on-11 two minute drill, taking the ball to the 15. He then found Watson for a three-yard touchdown pass as he beat Kaluka Maiava.
“It’s really a matter of day to day short-term goals, “ Watson said regarding his chemistry with Delhomme.
Watson thinks the tight end group of himself, Robert Royal, Alex Smith and Evan Moore could play a big part in the Browns’ offensive success.
“As a group, we can make ourselves as important in this offense as we can,” he said. “Playing tight end is kind of like being a utility vehicle.
“You have to be good in the running and passing game.”
Seneca’s Cyclone: Mike Holmgren alluded to a package where QB Seneca Wallace could be on the field with QB Jake Delhomme and or WR Josh Cribbs and call it the ‘cyclone’ after Wallace’s Iowa State days.
“That was the first I had heard about that,” Wallace said. “That could be dangerous. Hopefully, they’ll stick to their word and all three of us can get on the field together."
Wallace said the Browns are employing more of an East Coast offense as opposed to the West Coast offense.
“The terminology is different,” he said. “I’ve been used to the West Coast offense and here it’s more of an East Coast offense or New England-type of offense.”
Wallace looked good in the OTAs on Thursday.
Wallace hit RB Jed Collins and TE Evan Moore in 7-on-7 drills. Wallace had a pass intended for TE Benjamin Watson broken up in the end zone by LB Marcus Benard. He followed that up with a strike between DB DeAngelo Smith and DB Matt Harris for a touchdown to rookie WR Carlton Mitchell.
“I think I can create and make something out of nothing.”
Bike Brigade: Riding the stationary bike were: DB John Bowies, DB Benjamin Burney and DL Cliff Geathers. DL Shaun Rogers was seen rehabbing briefly on the sideline.
Connections: QB Jake Delhomme connected with WR Chansi Stuckey for a nice gain in 7-on-7drills…DL Brian Schaefering batted down a pass from Delhomme…RB Jerome Harrison caught a swing pass from Delhomme for a big gain…Delhomme hit RB Montario Hardesty on a short pass and he was hit by LB Chris Gocong, who picked up the fumble…Delhomme threaded the needle for a score to TE Evan Moore between LB Scott Fujita and DB Ray Ventrone…In the two-minute drill, Delhomme hit RB Montario Hardesty and TE Benjamin Watson on gains to the defense’s 15. He then connected with WR Brian Robiskie to the nine. A couple of plays later, Delhomme threw a bullet to Watson in the end zone as he beat LB Kaluka Maiava.
McCoy News: QB Colt McCoy said he is learning a lot and feels very good with the system.
“I feel like we’re having a great spring” he said.
McCoy said he’s enjoying being with veteran QB Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace.
“They’re both good players who’ve played a long time,” McCoy said. “I’m in a wonderful position to learn and compete.”
Still no Phil: K Phil Dawson was still absent from OTAs.