Patriots expected to re-sign tight end Ben Watson, per report

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Watson's return fills an open roster spot as Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson was placed on injured reserve after the team's win over the New York Giants on Thursday.

According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified league source, the Patriots are planning on re-signing the veteran tight end. After releasing veteran tight end Benjamin Watson last week, the defending champion New England Patriots have reportedly re-signed the pass-catcher on Monday. New England is without a traditional full-back on the roster.

Per USA Today's Henry McKenna, Harry is set to return to practice this week.

Watson is expected to immediately make an impact with the team when New England travels to face the Jets next Monday. LaCosse briefly returned in the second quarter but did not play in the second half. The Patriots also have some serious depth issues at wide receiver and tight end - issues that could potentially be mollified by regular contributions from Watson and Harry.

Harry won't be eligible to return from IR for another two weeks, but he'll still get to practice. Having already had experience in the New England system this season and in years prior, Watson can help revitalize the tight end position for the Patriots that has taken a hit by means of a total overhaul.

Watson, 38, was in camp with the Patriots but did not play in a game and was released last week after serving a four-game suspension because of a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Hopefully the Patriots are getting most of their 2019 injury woes over with earlier in the year as opposed to later on in the winter months and during the playoffs.



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