December 4, 2011; Cleveland, OH , USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson (82) hurdles over Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) after making a catch during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

Cleveland Browns Ben Watson back to practicing

Two Cleveland Browns veterans in tight end Ben Watson and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson are practicing again after being out for a significant amount of time due to injuries. The 31-year-old caught 37 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games last season, but his role was decreased after a huge 2010 season (first with the Browns) in which he was two catches away from 70.

Ben Watson comes back from injury on the roster bubble, due to the sudden emergence of young tight end Jordan Cameron. Watson, who was out with an undisclosed injury, is making $2.8 million and his roster spot is surprisingly not guaranteed.

While I doubt that he will be cut, stranger things have happened. Cameron has looked great, while Watson is a 31-year-old TE coming off of an injury and is making a significant amount of money. Still, he is just two years removed from 68 catches.

Another young tight end in Evan Moore is also pushing Watson, but he is the most productive tight end on the team and was stated to be the starting TE in early August. He still is the starter, in my eyes, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation. It’s good to see him practicing again, and some more strong performances from the veteran would go a long way in dispelling the claims that he will be cut from the team. Cameron isn’t proven enough.

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