Why Patriots are reportedly re-signing Benjamin Watson

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Watson is expected to take fullback Jakob Johnson's roster spot.

A potential big lift coming: The #Patriots are expected to have first-round WR N'Keal Harry (ankle) practice this week as he works back from Injured Reserve, I'm told. LaCosse briefly returned in the second quarter but did not play in the second half.

Watson should be able to provide QB Tom Brady with a safety blanket and an added target in the red zone. He was outspoken in his disappointment in seeing Watson go last week.

It would be unrealistic to expect Watson to have the explosion or power he once did, but he was still reasonably effective for the Saints past year when he had 400 receiving yards and two touchdowns while catching 76 percent of his targets. "It's tough for a lot of guys, I've played with a lot of guys over the years". Watson won a Super Bowl his rookie season with New England, but wasn't a factor on the team as he spent the season on IR. Watson will try to both start and end his career with a Super Bowl victory. Obviously, the Patriots cut him for a reason - so that reality should strip some of the optimism about how much he can contribute. With Watson back on the roster, the Patriots now have three tight ends with Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse being the other two options on the depth chart.

But it's easy to imagine this marriage working well.

At 38, Watson is likely entering his final season. He was eligible to be activated last Monday but was released instead. Watson will get a chance to prove his worth.

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