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ATHENS — It has been a pretty awesome few weeks for Bulldog Benjamin Watson.
A 15-year veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, Watson made headlines on Oct. 21 when he caught Drew Brees 500th career touchdown pass and immediately held up the five fingers on one had after hauling in the throw.
This past weekend, Watson had folks scratching their heads when he followed another touchdown catch with some more gestures. First, he took the football and stuffed it under his jersey on his belly. Then he held up a five fingers on one hand and then two on another. That sent social media to guessing what he may have meant.
Turns out, it was Watson’s way of announcing that he and his wife, Kirsten, the parents of five children, are expecting two more. Kirsten is 13 weeks pregnant with twins.
“I always put the five up for my kids, so we’re adding two more” Watson told reporters after the game, won by the Saints 45-35. “As I did it, I saw my wife in the stands and I kinda pointed at her and waved. She was OK with my announcing. Now everybody knows we’re about to be the Watson 7.”
#Saints TE Ben Watson, who has 5 children with his wife Kirsten, puts the ball under his jersey and holds up five fingers—then a 6th and a 7th…
Twins? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Xia2Ltzq7U
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) November 4, 2018
Watson explained why he made such a public announcement about the pregnanacy.
“We have had a few miscarriages over the past years, so it’s been really tough,” Watson told reporters. “We tried one more time … We wanted to share that. We want people to pray for us. We want to be open about it and we are excited. You never know when you’re going to score again.”
Watson hasn’t scored a lot. This TD catch was just his second of the season. But he’s having a good year with 26 receptions for 292 yards now through eight games. He had 3 catches for 62 yards in the victory, the first over the Rams this season.
Other NFL performances from former Georgia players included:
Bears 41, Bills 9
- Leonard Floyd: Floyd had a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown and posted three tackles.
- Roquan Smith: Smith paced the Bears with 13 tackles and forced a fumble.
- Javon Wims: Wims entered as a sub for the Bears but did not have any stats.
- Isaiah McKenzie: McKenzie was signed by the Bills on Monday after being released by Denver.
Chiefs 37, Browns 21
- Chris Conley: Conley had a 23-yard catch for the Chiefs.
- Justin Houston: Houston was inactive for Kansas City due to a hamstring injury.
- Nick Chubb: Chubb rushed 22 times for 85 yards and a touchdown and caught a 5-yard pass for Cleveland. Chubb stands 12th in the NFL with four rushing touchdowns.
- Orson Charles: Charles entered as a sub for the Browns but did not have any stats.
Saints 45, Rams 35
- Todd Gurley: Gurley rushed 13 times for 68 yards and caught six passes for 11 yards for the Rams. Gurley ranks first in the NFL in attempts (182), rushing yards (868), rushing touchdowns (12), total touchdowns (16), total points (102), carries per game (20.2) and average yards per game (96.4).
- Ramik Wilson: Wilson entered the game as a sub for the Rams but did not have any stats.
Carolina 42, Buccaneers 28:
- Thomas Davis: Davis led the Panthers with eight tackles, posted a quarterback hit and defended a pass.
Dolphins 13, Jets 6
- Reshad Jones: Jones had one tackle for the Dolphins. Jones is 18th in the NFL with two interceptions.
- Jordan Jenkins: Jenkins notched five tackles, including two sacks, for New York.
Patriots 31, Packers 17
- David Andrews: Andrews started at center for the Patriots, who accumulated 433 total yards.
- Sony Michel: Michel was inactive for the Patriots due to a knee injury. Michel ranks 10th in the NFL with 422 rushing yards and 12th with four rushing touchdowns.
Vikings 24, Lions 9
- Matthew Stafford: Stafford went 25-of-36 for 199 yards for Detroit. Stafford is 16th in the NFL with 2,111 passing yards and 17th with 14 passing touchdowns.
Titans 28, Cowboys 14
- Ben Jones: Jones started at center for the Titans, who rolled up 340 total yards.
- Geno Atkins (Bengals)
- Clint Boling (Bengals)
- Cordy Glenn (Bengals)
- A.J. Green (Bengals)
- Shawn Williams (Bengals)
- Corey Moore (Colts)
- Abry Jones (Jaguars)
- Lorenzo Carter (Giants)
- John Jenkins (Giants)
- Alec Ogletree (Giants)
- John Atkins (Lions)
- Davin Bellamy (Texans)
- Reggie Davis (Cowboys)
- Maurice Smith (Dolphins)
- Garrison Smith (Dolphins)
- Tyler Catalina (Redskins)
- Isaiah Wynn (Patriots)