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Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson to retire after 2018 season

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Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson to retire after 2018 season

Benjamin Watson's 15th NFL season will be his last.

The New Orleans Saints tight end has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.

Watson was the 32nd overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He spent six seasons in New England, and he'll always be remembered by Pats fans for his incredible effort in chasing down Champ Bailey after the Broncos' defensive back intercepted Tom Brady in the end zone in a Divisional Playoff game in January 2006. Watson's tackle at the 1-yard line prevented a touchdown, and it remains one of the greatest plays in a Patriots loss throughout the Belichick era. 

He signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 2010 and spent three seasons with the AFC North franchise. 

Watson played for the Saints from 2013 through 2015, and then signed with the Baltimore Ravens but missed the entire 2016 season because of a torn Achilles suffered in the preseason. He played for the Ravens in 2017 before returning to the Saints for the 2018 campaign. 

The 38-year-old veteran has 33 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns this season. He has tallied 528 receptions for 5,856 yards and 44 touchdowns in 194 career regular-season games. 

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New Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu ranks among leaders in this important star

New Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu ranks among leaders in this important star

The No. 1 goal for wide receivers is to get open, and Mohamed Sanu does a very good job of accomplishing that.

Sanu reportedly was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick Tuesday, and he will provide much-needed depth for a Pats receiving corps that's battled plenty of injuries and other depth concerns over the first half of the season.

One of the talents Sanu brings to the Patriots is the ability to separate from opposing defensive backs and get open. In fact, he ranks in the top five of all NFL wideouts in average yards of separation when targeted. Take a look at the leaderboard below:

Sanu has tallied 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown in seven games for the Falcons this season. He joined the Falcons via free agency in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's most trusted targets.

Leaving the Falcons, who are 1-6 and headed for a second consecutive season without playoff action, gives the 30-year-old veteran a fantastic opportunity to win the first Super Bowl of his career. Sanu came tantalizing close to winning the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LI, but Tom Brady and the Patriots broke the Falcons' hearts with a comeback for the ages.

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Odell Beckham Jr. to give Tom Brady a fitting gift at Patriots-Browns

Odell Beckham Jr. to give Tom Brady a fitting gift at Patriots-Browns

How big of a Tom Brady fan is Odell Beckham Jr.?

Big enough that he plans to hand-deliver a pair of custom-made cleats to the New England Patriots quarterback when his Cleveland Browns come to town next Sunday.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal has the details:

Nothing like a pair of "goat hair" cleats to show respect to one of your NFL idols.

Beckham's love affair with Brady goes way back, as the two exchanged jerseys after a New York Giants-Patriots preseason game in 2016.

Beckham and Brady since have exchanged several compliments on social media, with the former repeatedly using the "goat" emoji to confirm he believes Brady is the greatest QB of all time.

The Browns obviously will be trying to stop the Patriots on Sunday, but apparently that won't stop Beckham from showing his appreciation for their quarterback.

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