By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Saints wrapped training camp Sunday (Aug. 19) and they head out to Los Angeles this week for joint practices against the Chargers before Saturday's third exhibition game.
We took that opportunity to answer reader questions about the team Monday, and tight ends and backup quarterbacks were among the most popular topics of conversation.
Check out highlights from the Q&A below, or find answers to all your questions here.
Will Saints utilize tight ends downfield more this season?
Pcbsaint51 asks: With Ben Watson back, do you see the Saints getting back to utilizing the TE receiving down the field more? Watson had a career best in his last season here.
Katzenstein: Yes, absolutely. I think this was the missing piece for the offense last year. Coby Fleener struggled a bit, and then when he went down, the Saints didn't really have a downfield tight end until a few nice plays by Josh Hill in the playoffs.
I must admit I've been blown away by Benjamin Watson this summer. I assumed, at age 37, he would just be a guy with good hands who can use his savvy to run routes. But he looks legit, and considering Payton said he's still getting into playing shape, I think Watson could be a real weapon this year.
Remember, the Saints last year were the worst they've ever been on third downs in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era. If Watson can help there, the offense could be incredible. ...
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