FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots are reportedly bringing back a familiar face (again) in hopes of shoring up the tight end position.
Exactly one week after cutting him loose, the team is expected to re-sign Ben Watson, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Monday, citing a league source.
Watson, 38, spent the first six years of career in New England. He came out of retirement in the spring to rejoin the Patriots, only to be handed a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
While Watson was reinstated in late September, head coach Bill Belichick said they didn’t have a roster spot for him and he was released the following week.
That spot may have opened up with tight end Matt LaCosse, fullback Jakob Johnson and safety Patrick Chung leaving the team’s Thursday night win over the New York Giants with apparent injuries.
Should Watson re-sign with the Patriots, he’ll again seek to be their answer to the gaping hole left in the offense by the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. QB Tom Brady has yet to develop a report with LaCosse or TE Ryan Izzo, and neither possesses Gronk’s blocking skills.
Now 6-0 on the season, the Patriots had the weekend to rest up before they begin their preparations for their rematch with the Jets next Monday night in New York.