TE Ben Watson re-signs with Patriots

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Pats are expected to re-sign veteran tight end Benjamin Watson... perhaps as early as Monday.

When the Patriots released Watson on October 7, head coach Bill Belichick said the team didn't have a roster spot for him upon his return from a four-game National Football League suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He's expected to be the number one tight end for New England.

What changed? The Patriots lost fullback Jakob Johnson, who was serving as the replacement for starter James Develin.

LaCosse and Ryan Izzo are the only tight ends on the roster as New England regroups at the position after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski in the offseason. He's eligible to begin practicing immediately after the Browns game, and could return to the Patriots' starting lineup for their Week 11 game against the Philadelphia Eagles if his turf toe injury allows it. He left the Patriots' preseason opener with an ankle injury, then didn't play again until Week 2 of the regular season, when he logged 41 snaps in a blowout win over the Miami Dolphins.

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Coupled with an injury to receiver Josh Gordon (knee), it forced the Patriots into one personnel grouping for the entire second half, a situation that quarterback Tom Brady said he couldn't remember ever happening in his 20-year career.

The good news for the Patriots is that it also now appears they could be getting Harry back at an opportune time. "I think it was nice to go out there and play a complete game and be out there back with my teammates fully".

Their next game will be next Monday against the AFC East rival New York Jets.

  • Lawrence Cooper