New England Patriots
    Benjamin Watson
    Benjamin Watson
    #84 | Benjamin Watson
    Healthy
    Tight End | New England Patriots
    Date of Birth 12/18/1980
    Height, Weight 6'3", 255 lbs
    From Rock Hill, SC
    College Georgia
    Experience 15 Years
    Drafted 2004 - Rd 1
    Salary --
    2018 Season
    Rec
    35
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    Rec Yds
    400
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    Rec TD
    2
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    BIOGRAPHY  
    Date of Birth 12/18/1980
    Height, Weight 6'3", 255 lbs
    From Rock Hill, SC
    College Georgia
    Experience 15 Years
    Drafted 2004 - Rd 1
    Salary --
    RotowireOct 15, 2:04p ET

    News

    The Patriots officially re-signed Watson on Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

    Impact

    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.

    RotowireOct 14, 1:09p ET

    News

    The Patriots are expected to re-sign Watson, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    Impact

    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.

    RotowireOct 7, 4:10p ET

    News

    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.

    Impact

    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.

    RotowireOct 5, 12:42p ET

    News

    Watson (coach's decision) did not travel with the team to Washington and will not play Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Impact

    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.

    RotowireOct 3, 12:51p ET

    News

    Watson practiced Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    Impact

    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.