Benjamin Watson “not worried” about Panthers in NFC South

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The Carolina Panthers don’t scare New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson.

Appearing on NFL Network’s Total Access, Watson expressed a lack of concern regarding the defending NFC South champions for the upcoming season.

I will say this about our division, one team I’m not worried about is the Carolina Panthers,” Watson said.

The biggest reason Watson isn’t concerned about the Panthers is the historical trend regarding defending NFC South division champions. Since the NFL’s realignment in 2002, defending NFC South champions are 0-for-11 in attempts to win the title in consecutive seasons.

“The numbers say they won’t win it. There’s never been a repeat champ in the NFC South.” Watson said. “So we’re not worried about the Carolina Panthers. So there’s only two teams with Atlanta and Tampa Bay.”

Despite the current trend, it’s probably going a little too far to completely write off the Panthers so easily. They have lost key pieces, including replacing their entire receiving corps. However, their defense still projects to be one of the better units in the league this season and Cam Newton is still under center directing the offense as well.

The trend may continue with the Panthers unable to recapture the division title in 2014, but there is a long way to go before that will be decided.

49 responses to “Benjamin Watson “not worried” about Panthers in NFC South

  1. Still salty I see. What does Watson even do? Sit on the bench while his team wins? I think he has it backwards, nobody is worried about Benjamin Watson.

  2. I honestly wonder what the hell Carolina was thinking by overhauling the WR corps.

    If I’m Newton, and Carolina has a bad year because of their makeshift WR corps, I’m warning Carolina that they had better move mountains in free agency or I’m out after 2015.

  3. Sean Peyton then went on the record as saying: “no worries Watson, with our new and improved bounty program, nobody in NFC south stands a chance, we will steal another Superbowl “

  4. I think the Saints are the favorite to win the NFC South,I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bucs win the division though.Bucs are the Sleeper team this year.

  5. Tampa Bay is a total unknown right now, and the Bucs had a very active free agency and a good draft. The unknowns go with both offense and defense scheme, as there are all new coaches, and at least half of the starters have been replaced–and not with unknowns. They have been replaced with accomplished veterans or very popular and well-known rookies. Love Smith and Leslie Frazier both know a thing or two about the NFL. The Bucs are hungry, well stocked, and well led. The only questionmarks right now might be with Josh McCown and the O line. And word is “might” because issue is the O lone is new, not weak or thin, and if McCown can at the very least manage games well. Not worried. Look out NFC South. Raymond James Stadium will bleed Red and Pewter in 2014.

  6. I get the point about no on winning the NFC South two consecutive year since 2002…but I’d not bet the farm on that. I would bet that Carolina had major cap space problems and was required sell off a lot talent that has been around, especially in the WR area. Cam had an up year last year after a bit of a downturn, but can he do the same thing? I don’t see the Falcons going anywhere still, and am betting HC Mike Smith will be out at the end of 2014. This is very possibly between the Saints and Bucs, where the Bucs have been called by many sports media folks to be the dark horse to win the NFL South. I’m not so naïve to count chickens, but what I see of the Bucs so far is impressive, and from an opponent’s view, very very scary.

  7. As a Carolina Panthers fan … I will say this about the New Orleans Saints, one tight end I’m not worried about is Benjamin Watson.

  8. Mr. Watson, Luke Kuechly would like to have a word with you, on the field.

    Someone is going to be eating the stupid words he let out of his mouth.

  9. Theyre nothing to worry about. They have no playmakers. And we stomped that defense with 31 points at home. Without the monsoon in Carolina they don’t win that game.

  10. As a Saints fan I was really excited about the skill set Watson brought to the team, and I was impressed with his play and health through last season.
    Mais tho, Watson does not shut up. He was joking here, but I feel like he never says no to media looking for a quote.

  11. Panthers are trash though, I’m confident they’ll miss the playoffs.
    They’ll be very vulnerable through the air. So Drew Brees is gonna rack up frequent flyer miles.
    And their offensive line and receivers are bad too. Honestly though, Scam Newton is gonna get sacked and intercepted so much, all those hungry hounds on the Saints defense are gonna EAT! Rob Ryan oughta be on the sideline beating a dinner triangle as soon as the ball is snapped yelling, “Whos Hungry!? Come and get it!!!”

  12. He’s absolutely right… Panthers have a good defense but the lack of a consistent offense will probably keep them from a repeat..

  13. Unless the Panthers D holds teams under 3 points per game I don’t see many wins with that offense. Cam likes to portray himself as superman, well he might have to be this season. If he can manage to throw the ball then run and catch it himself then they might, and I mean might, have a shot at a better than .500 record.

    Leading receiver this year for the Panthers? Greg Olsen, called it!

  14. A good defense does not make a good offense and Cam won’t win it by himself. He will need some good receivers that he don’t have and teams will shut down the run game. Total shame………..

  15. Omg… I so wish that somebody shuts up the sAINTs. They are a dirty disgusting team that runs up the score and stats against weaker team, then chokes in the playoffs. Oh they did win that one superbowl by CHEATING! Payton, Brees are a match made in hell. Payton is worse than Pat’s coach as far as cheating, Brees is so overrated because he pads those stats against inferior teams.

  16. I didn’t watch Watson’s comments but if they were anything other than in jest he should retire now and not risk another concussion. I was as shocked as anybody about Smith but the fact remains that our top 3 WR’s from 2013 accounted for less than 10 catches per game. Replacing that pathetic production is not a huge gamble. With the replacements we got cap savings, slightly younger and with more deep threat and TD potential. And that is before we added #1 draft pick KB, who is going to be a player Panther fans can get excited about. Every media outlet is harping on our WR turnover but in my mind it is clear our biggest question mark and weakness is offensive line.

  17. Is there really a difference in:

    2013 Panthers WR’s: A 35 year old Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell, Ted Ginn, and Dominik Hixon.

    2014 Panthers WR’s: Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tiquan Underwood.

    Pretty sure Cotchery caught 10 td’s last year. That’s pretty damn good.

    Jason Avant is better than Lafell by a mile.

    Benjamin is 6’5″.

  18. Saints fan are so mad LOL. The monsoon is their excuse. It only rained hard for about 5 minutes of Q3. And both teams had to play in it. Drew Brees just couldn’t handle the pressure. And for those sleeping, our 2014 WR core will be a better group than last year. Time of possession offense + solid defense. Keep sleeping on us, we’ll see what happens.

  19. straight cash homie says, “Leading receiver this year for the Panthers? Greg Olsen, called it!”

    way to go out on a limb. do you work for espn? Since Greg Olsen was our #1 receiver in 2013 maybe now the turnover makes more sense?

  20. Funny panthers fans think their WR corps is improved. And they use the numbers last years corps posted as their reasoning. Well how about this perspective….maybe their numbers suck because Cam Newton is hot garbage at QB. Just wait and see. It’s not the WR’s that make a QB. It’s a QB that makes the WR’s.

  21. Panthers are a junk team with “regression” written all over them. They have a good front 7 and literally every other aspect of their roster is below average. 7-9 for the Panthers, at best. Saints should run away with the South, toughest competition being the Buccaneers.

  22. As for who Benjamin Watson is, he has been one of the best blocking tight ends in the game and one of the better all-around players at his position, going on about a decade now. I would expect the average NFL fan has a good idea about who he is, this of course excludes Carolina Panthers “fans”, who only show up to watch their team play about every 5 years or so when they fluke their way into a half-decent season but otherwise are more interested in NASCAR or whatever East Coast team they used to root for before transplanting themselves to NC.

  23. ^lol. Ben Watson is a washed up 33 year old TE. Saints are great indoors, too bad they also have to play outside, so let the excuses “rain” when they go to Carolina in October. Saying the Panthers will have a down year because they won the division last year is a failure of logic. All the “no WR” talk is garbage, they were 29th in passing last year so it cant get worse, and their leading receiver Greg Olsen is back with a better supporting cast and beast-in-the-making Benjamin. Panthers D has also been upgraded assuming Hardy plays. Watson probably didnt need to add fuel, but thanks from Carolina

  24. The new orleans saints will win the NFC south get the NO.1 seed and a Superbowl first of all to the the panthers fans the panthers will not win NFC south there has been no repeat champ in 11 years and the Saint beat the panthers 31-13 in the super dome in Carolina they loss 14-17 because of a few thing its was raining and windy witch is bad a for a quarterback to play in. IF Malcolm Jenkins didn’t miss that open sack that wood have end the game. There is one way to beat the panthers stop the pass rush and watch how they fall apart with there sorry secondary.reasons why the panthers won’t win the NFC south 1.the WR core is weak Tiquan Underwood has play for 4 teams in 5 years for a reason Kelvin Benjamin is more of a TE than a WR THE SAINTS Stanley Jean-Baptiste will have him on lock down. Jerricho Cotchery knees are done. Jason avant is no.2 at best. 2. There secondary sucks its just sorry who do they got CB and SS, FS Melvin White really he your best CB Roman Harper use to be a beast with the saints when was young old boy got his starting job taking by a rookie Kenny vaccaro one of the best SS in the game . Thomas DeCoud come on man sorry.

  25. bottom line we were 29th in passing last year… Thats 3 spots away from last place. Twist it, spin it, it really doesnt matter what we did at receiver. As long as we do better that 29th its an improvement. But what does simple logic have to do with anything.

  26. Hey Benny Boy!!! Be prepared for a nice Crack back Pancake by the #2 ranked Defense in the NFL. Could be the end of your career if you’re not careful.

  27. You want to blame someone for the Saints vs. Vikings defeat? It wasn’t the Saints. Brett Farve said the hits were legit. Blame Farve for trying to be the hero. Don’t worry. There’s ointment you can buy for that sting. lol

  28. Panthers won the division last season? Uh…that’s nice. But then the playoffs started for them…

  29. trspat says:
    Jul 17, 2014 9:09 AM

    Omg… I so wish that somebody shuts up the sAINTs. They are a dirty disgusting team that runs up the score and stats against weaker team, then chokes in the playoffs. Oh they did win that one superbowl by CHEATING! Payton, Brees are a match made in hell. Payton is worse than Pat’s coach as far as cheating, Brees is so overrated because he pads those stats against inferior teams.

    Alex, I’ll take “guess who the Vikings fan is” for $1,000.

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