|Date of Birth||12/18/1980|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 255 lbs|
|From||Rock Hill, SC|
|Drafted||2004 - Rd 1|
The Patriots officially re-signed Watson on Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
Watson's return was expected due to the sprained MCL sustained by Matt LaCosse last Thursday against the Giants. As such, Watson's first appearance of the season appears imminent after he served a four-game suspension, sat out Week 5 and was off the Patriots roster entirely for Week 6. During LaCosse's absence, Watson will compete for reps with fellow tight ends Ryan Izzo and Eric Tomlinson.
The Patriots are expected to re-sign Watson, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
The team released Watson this past Monday, on the heels of the tight end having completed a four-game suspension. At the time, roster space issues were cited by coach Bill Belichick as the reason for the move, but with Matt LaCosse (knee) banged up again, Watson is a logical choice for the Patriots to seamlessly add needed depth at a thin position.
Watson won't be placed on the Patriots' 53-man roster by Monday's roster-exemption deadline, making him a free agent, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Watson completed his four-game suspension last week but wasn't added to the 53-man roster ahead of Week 5 as the Patriots took advantage of the week-long roster exemption, and it looks like they will allow the exemption to expire rather than putting him on the roster. According to Zack Cox of NESN.com, the decision frees up about $2 million in cap space for New England, which is apparently content with Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo serving as its top tight ends. Watson considered retirement this offseason before ultimately signing with the Patriots in May, but he's still interested in continuing his career elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Watson (coach's decision) did not travel with the team to Washington and will not play Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Watson just completed his four-game suspension to start the season, at which point the Patriots were given a roster exemption of one week to activate him to the 53-man roster. It appears the team will let the exemption run its course, keeping Watson sidelined for another contest. Look for Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo to continue manning tight end Sunday.
Watson practiced Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Watson, who is back from a four-game suspension, wasn't at practice Wednesday, but he took the field Thursday, which sets the stage for him to return to action Sunday against Washington. Through the Patriots' first four contests to date, fellow tight ends Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo have logged a combined four catches on five targets for 77 yards. Watson does posses a little more pass-catching upside than that duo, but it's unclear what sort of workload he'll be looking at this weekend, in his first game action since January.