One of the primary reasons for the Cleveland Browns' dismal showing on offense during the 2011 season was the team's lack of playmakers in the passing game.
The shortage of viable targets was highlighted as tight end Ben Watson battled concussions throughout the season and ultimately was placed on injured reserve following a third concussion sustained Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Two months after that injury, Watson said he feels great.
"I'm great. Three or four days after the last incident, I felt normal," Watson, who spent the first six seasons of his career playing for the New England Patriots, said during a recent interview with the Boston Herald. "I passed all my cognitive tests. I didn't have any headaches. I didnât have any nausea. I didnât have any dizziness.
" ... With three games left, they just erred on the side of caution and decided to end the season for me. You hate for that to happen, but that's why the doctors are in place. As far as lingering symptoms, I didn't have anything. I know some guys have headaches for weeks. That wasn't my scenario, thankfully. So hopefully, it was just a bad luck year."
Waton's concussion issues were overshadowed by Colt McCoy's season-ending head injury, which occurred during the same loss to the Steelers. McCoy missed the final three games of the season after getting concussed on a brutal hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Browns president Mike Holmgren said this past week that McCoy no longer is feeling the effects of the hit.