Saints tight end Benjamin Watson returns to training camp after missing time for the birth of his daughter _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Ben Watson flew home last Friday to be there for the birth of his fifth child, a daughter named Eden Moriah.

Four days later, Watson returned to the practice fields at the Greenbrier, with only a few days left before the Saints break camp in West Virginia and head back to Metairie full-time.

“It was good to get away,” Watson said. “You can’t replace that. As you know, babies grow. By the time we get back on Saturday, she’s going to look totally different than she did yesterday.”

New Orleans has seen its fair share of births on the team this offseason, During summer workouts, Max Unger and Cam Jordaneach missed days to be with their wives for the birth of their firstborn.

Then, when it’s time, they get right back to work. Watson kept in touch with Sean Payton, stayed home as long as he needed to and returned in fine form, catching four passes from Drew Brees in the first team’s extended work against New England.

“It’s good to be there as the baby’s born,” Watson said. “It’s also good to come back and compete against another team.”