The New England Patriots have had no issues moving the ball this year, averaging a league-high 31.7 points per game. But with numerous injuries at the receiver position, the Patriots are bringing back a familiar face at tight end to augment the passing game.
According to Field Yates via ProFootballTalk, New England is re-signing veteran tight end Ben Watson. The 15-year NFL veteran started the season with the Patriots but was released last week with no stats or appearances.
However, Patriots receivers Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett have all been limited at or outright missed recent practices due to injury.
— WBZ Boston Sports (@wbzsports) October 14, 2019
Watson won’t be the only addition to the Patriots receiving corps this week. Rapoport also reported that rookie first-round wideout N’Keal Harry is returning to practice after an ankle injury.
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. Assuming all goes well, he should work right into the offense.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 14, 2019
Harry won’t be eligible to return from IR for another two weeks, but he’ll still get to practice.
N’Keal Harry is eligible to practice this week. He’s eligible to play in two weeks.
If/when Harry returns, it’ll be interesting to see how fast he’s able to catch on. He’d give Tom Brady another big target.
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 14, 2019
New England is the AFC’s only remaining undefeated team. 14 other teams in the conference have two losses or more.
Their next game will be next Monday against the AFC East rival New York Jets.
Could we see Ben Watson make his Patriots debut in that game?
The game will be played at 8:20 p.m. EST and will air on ESPN.