Patriots welcome “element of speed and experience” Benjamin Watson brings

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The Patriots offense had a tough time against the Bills on Sunday and the team’s tight ends had a particularly quiet day.

None of Tom Brady‘s 18 completions came on throws to tight ends and the position group has had just four catches as a whole through the first four weeks of the season. The chances for that group to make more of an impact may go up this week, though.

Benjamin Watson‘s four-game suspension is over, which leaves the veteran eligible to get into the lineup as another option for Brady. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spent some time on Tuesday talking about what Watson brings to the table.

“Well, Ben’s a versatile guy, he’s a smart guy. He’s certainly made a lot of plays in his career,” McDaniels said on a conference call. “Just gives an element of speed and experience at the tight end position. He’s been a productive guy, made plays under pressure. So, Ben’s coming back here; it was great to have him back this offseason into training camp, and hopefully we’ll be able to move forward with him in a role that suits his skillset and our team.”

Watson wasn’t able to have any contact with the team during his suspension, so both his overall experience and his specific experience in the Patriots offense will be crucial to his ability to make an immediate impact.

54 responses to “Patriots welcome “element of speed and experience” Benjamin Watson brings

  1. Watson is certainly no Gronk but he’s a very welcome reinforcement to the TE group. He will be a significant improvement over what’s been out there.

  2. Time to spread the ball around Tom, and not just to guys have graduated into that annoying Circle of Trust.

    Admittedly, as a diehard fan, his perfectionism is annoying this time of year.

  3. No rush to activate him this week. With a roster exemption he can practice without the need to cut someone else. I think he plays next week against the Giants.

  4. Apparently accordingly to BB they are ok and condone helmet to helmet hits. It’s funny that didn’t make it on this site. BB teaches those hits. I hope next week golden baby Brady gets his and BB stands by his previous comment. Doubt it as there has always been a double standard for baby Brady.

  5. No rush to activate him this week. With a roster exemption he can practice without the need to cut someone else. I think he plays next week against the Giants.
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    The dude has been sitting on his keister waiting for 4 weeks and you want to rest him?

  6. The NFL’s best 100 plays includes the one of Watson running almost the hypotenuse of a 100 yard field, about 110 yards, to chase down Champ Bailey who was returning a Brady interception around the goal line for a scoring return. Pushed out at the 2, it could really have been ruled a touchback and NE possession,

    Be that as it may, Bailey was Watsoned. The term is now in the lexicon. That is the kind of never give up player he is. A pro.

  7. @Tylawspick6

    Oh yeah, the guy who’s thrown TDs to more different receivers than anyone in NFL history really needs your advice about spreading the ball around.

  8. The Pat’s always welcome the easiest schedule and help from the NFL, to make it to the playoffs

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Time to spread the ball around Tom, and not just to guys have graduated into that annoying Circle of Trust.

    Admittedly, as a diehard fan, his perfectionism is annoying this time of year.
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    Yeah sure diehard fake Pats fan. Who exactly is Brady supposed to throw the ball to- Ryan Izzo? Dorsett is a great #4 receiver, below average #3, and a terrible #2- Ryan Grigson is the only GM who thought Dorsett a 1st rounder.
    Edelman is a great #2 or #3- he needs someone else to distract the D to be his best though. He’s a near HOF guy, but he can’t make an over the shoulder catch or endzone fade at all. And now he’s hurt.
    Jacoby Myers? Sure, an undrafteed rookie is going to light up the league!
    Gunner? Tough guy who might not even be on the team the whole year.
    Gordon seems a shell of himself from last year. No separation and hasn’t been reliable on the easy catches. Hope it’s just rust- but 4 games in?
    White and Burkhead can catch the ball, but you need a running game for them to be effective in the passing game. There is 0 run game so far this year, and that was before Devlin went on IR- still can’t figure out Bill getting Michel when Chub was still available.
    Even if Harry comes back, pretty rare for a rookie WR to make an impact after missing 10 plus games.

    Add all that up plus the injured O-Line- it sure ain’t Brady. Bill, get the guy a receiver already- preferably not another nut job one though!

  10. docsmith54 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    The NFL’s best 100 plays includes the one of Watson running almost the hypotenuse of a 100 yard field, about 110 yards, to chase down Champ Bailey who was returning a Brady interception around the goal line for a scoring return. Pushed out at the 2, it could really have been ruled a touchback and NE possession,

    Be that as it may, Bailey was Watsoned. The term is now in the lexicon. That is the kind of never give up player he is. A pro.

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    This was also the game where Plummer threw the ball 10 yards out of the back of the end zone, and Samuel had textbook inside technique on Lelie through the end zone. Samuel had the look on his face that Sweet Pea Whitaker had after dominating Chavez in the ’93 bout. Completely robbed and in disbelief.

    Goodell’s cheating started right away in 2006, before he was even officially the customer in Sept.

    Make no mistake.

  11. 4personalitytheories says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    The Pat’s always welcome the easiest schedule and help from the NFL, to make it to the playoffs
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    You seem to be one who does not realize the schedules are set years in advance. The NFL does not hand out an easy schedule. Funny thing is the Pats are always playing the winners or each AFC division just about each year because they win the AFC title. Not the Pats fault some of those teams fall off after a good season. Luckily this year the Pats do face the AFCN because the Pats record as of late has been abusive to that division. Come back later in December when the Pats have a stretch of playing some really good teams. Of course if they win most of those games or all you will still blame easy schedule. Poor anti-Pats fans. Just do not know when to quit.

  12. nflfan12blog says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Time to spread the ball around Tom, and not just to guys have graduated into that annoying Circle of Trust.

    Admittedly, as a diehard fan, his perfectionism is annoying this time of year.
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    Yeah sure diehard fake Pats fan. Who exactly is Brady supposed to throw the ball to- Ryan Izzo? Dorsett is a great #4 receiver, below average #3, and a terrible #2- Ryan Grigson is the only GM who thought Dorsett a 1st rounder.
    Edelman is a great #2 or #3- he needs someone else to distract the D to be his best though. He’s a near HOF guy, but he can’t make an over the shoulder catch or endzone fade at all. And now he’s hurt.
    Jacoby Myers? Sure, an undrafteed rookie is going to light up the league!
    Gunner? Tough guy who might not even be on the team the whole year.
    Gordon seems a shell of himself from last year. No separation and hasn’t been reliable on the easy catches. Hope it’s just rust- but 4 games in?
    White and Burkhead can catch the ball, but you need a running game for them to be effective in the passing game. There is 0 run game so far this year, and that was before Devlin went on IR- still can’t figure out Bill getting Michel when Chub was still available.
    Even if Harry comes back, pretty rare for a rookie WR to make an impact after missing 10 plus games.

    Add all that up plus the injured O-Line- it sure ain’t Brady. Bill, get the guy a receiver already- preferably not another nut job one though!

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    Who is he supposed to throw to? How about Jakobi Meyers who lit it up in preseason with a bran new QB named Stidham?

    He’s good enough for Stidham but not for Brady, huh? Isn’t that interesting.

    I got news for you: BB didn’t draft JimmyG by accident in 2014 and it wasn’t a coincidence that Brady woke up and allowed others into the Binky Club then, too.

    Stidham represents the same thing at the moment.

    Brady skipping OTAs and then to have a possible rapist stay at his guest house?

    Are you kidding me? Yeah, I am a Brady fan, but I’d be lying if this special treatment crap to players who are technically more gifted than others, didn’t bother me.

  13. Gordon looked slow, wonder if he has a lower leg injury. JE is nursing his ribs (but of course played almost every down!). Meyers? Not sure where he was in Buffalo. So yes Ben can help immensely. GO PATS!

  14. Richard Nguyen says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    @Tylawspick6

    Oh yeah, the guy who’s thrown TDs to more different receivers than anyone in NFL history really needs your advice about spreading the ball around.

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    The same guy who had like 30 WRs fired last year, too. When you play for 20 years of course you’re going to have thrown a lot of TDs.

    Duh.

  15. “Apparently accordingly to BB they are ok and condone helmet to helmet hits. It’s funny that didn’t make it on this site. BB teaches those hits.”

    Apparently you don’t understand the geometry of a 5’9″ DB hitting a 6’5″ QB aiming for his chest, when the QB then ducks his head while being dragged down by another DB.

    No, Belichick doesn’t teach helmet to helmet hits. He teaches proper form and the Pats have the fewest missed tackles of any team this year because of that. The hit on Allen was not intentional.

  16. Free milk and cookies for the cry babies on here whining about the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, and be sure you help yourself to seconds because your crying about how easy the schedule is for the Patriots is pathetic

  17. sfgamblers says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    “… I hope next week golden baby Brady gets his and BB stands by his previous comment. Doubt it as there has always been a double standard for baby Brady.”

    XXXXX

    Apparently, you’re a caveman who is wishing injury upon an opposing player.
    Just because Brady has torched your team, don’t wish an injury upon him.

  18. fartsmella says:
    October 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    One of the most respected players in the league
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    Really? The guy just coming off a steroid suspension? Yea I’m sure defenders have SO much respect for guys that are cheating and trying to gain an edge on the defense.
    That must mean Edelman is very respected too. Shoot, throw in the junkie with multiple failed drug tests in Josh Gordon and you may have the most”respected” bunch of recieving targets in the league. Let me ask you this; when defenders come back from a PED suspension, do you think the guys across from them on offense are thinking, “wow I have so much respect for that guy”?

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Time to spread the ball around Tom, and not just to guys have graduated into that annoying Circle of Trust.

    Admittedly, as a diehard fan, his perfectionism is annoying this time of year.

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    I see that point of view of putting that on Brady, but I think it’s more about the reads that the offense expects the WRs to make to be in sync with Brady. If Meyers was open all over the field on Sunday I would agree, but the Bills had everyone bottled up.

  20. sfgamblers says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    “… I hope next week golden baby Brady gets his and BB stands by his previous comment. Doubt it as there has always been a double standard for baby Brady.”
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    You are right. Brady is double the standard when it comes to an NFL QB. Obviously those 6 rings prove it. I like how Brady is the double standard for a hit he has not taken yet. The anti-Pats fans amaze me sometimes with their logic.

  21. 4personalitytheories says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    The Pat’s always welcome the easiest schedule and help from the NFL, to make it to the playoffs

    Really, how in the world do you consider yourself a Football fan if you don’t even understand how the schedule is set. There nothing arbitrary, Teams play a rotating schedule of one division in and out of their conference, their two game each with teams within their division. The last two games are based on where they finished in their division and play the same spot in the respective division in their Conference.

    Before anyone says something about how easy the AFC east is Brady’s winning % against almost all NFL divisions are about the same. (.788 vs .786)

  22. On Ben Watson’s first go around we learned he’s a really good…TE but we kind of knew that when the Pats drafted him. What we also learned, however, is that Ben Watson is one of the very finest human beings on the planet. His character, intelligence, and good will are off the charts. He’s a truly inspirational person. I am so happy to see him back on the team.

  23. Wish I’d bought stock in Kimberly Clark back in the day, I’d be a billionaire.

  24. @tylawspick6

    Sure, prop up the Jakobi kid that lit up a couple of preseason games as if he was some 10x all pro just to get your knock on Brady in. Gimme a break. Your wonderboy Stidham by the way wasted no time coughing up a pick6 to the miserable Jets within a couple snaps of real action. Too bad he wasn’t as awesome as he was in preseason, eh? Then you could have started clamoring for Brady’s benching as per usual.

  25. bullcharger says:
    October 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Time to spread the ball around Tom, and not just to guys have graduated into that annoying Circle of Trust.

    Admittedly, as a diehard fan, his perfectionism is annoying this time of year.

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    I see that point of view of putting that on Brady, but I think it’s more about the reads that the offense expects the WRs to make to be in sync with Brady. If Meyers was open all over the field on Sunday I would agree, but the Bills had everyone bottled up.

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    Oh, I see. So, you were at the game in Buffalo, huh?

    I am not bying that just like last year when Edelman missed the first 4 games and Brady didn’t have a binky available.

    It’s a problem, it’s been a problem for Brady since 2007. All is well with high octane talent 1-3 at WR position and 1 Pro Bowl caliber TE.

    What’s said is he has the best all around stable of RBs in the conference, with rookie Damien Harris completely inactive.

    And, yes, Tom has say in plays, gameplans, how to approach those, and BB listens to his opinions just like when he was 1000% in on Antonio Brown.

    So, Watson comes back and then 1st rd pick and rave reviewed NKeal Harry will come back, but I am not sure the impressive Jakobi Meyers will have even gotten a glance by then.

  26. Richard Nguyen says:
    October 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    @tylawspick6

    Sure, prop up the Jakobi kid that lit up a couple of preseason games as if he was some 10x all pro just to get your knock on Brady in. Gimme a break. Your wonderboy Stidham by the way wasted no time coughing up a pick6 to the miserable Jets within a couple snaps of real action. Too bad he wasn’t as awesome as he was in preseason, eh? Then you could have started clamoring for Brady’s benching as per usual.

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    LMAO

    Are you sure you’re a PAts fan> Or, just a Brady fan, thinking he is somehow the only way the team wins games?

    Hmm>

    Keep mocking what Meyers did against the 1s in preseason. He was dominant and needs reps in games. PERIOD.

    You can’t buy up FA WRs to appease Tommy all the time. And he’s not entitled because of who he is.

    Skipping OTAs again gives him nothing to pout about right now.

  27. bird2urmother says:
    October 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm
    fartsmella says:
    October 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    One of the most respected players in the league
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    Really? The guy just coming off a steroid suspension? Yea I’m sure defenders have SO much respect for guys that are cheating and trying to gain an edge on the defense.
    That must mean Edelman is very respected too. Shoot, throw in the junkie with multiple failed drug tests in Josh Gordon and you may have the most”respected” bunch of recieving targets in the league. Let me ask you this; when defenders come back from a PED suspension, do you think the guys across from them on offense are thinking, “wow I have so much respect for that guy”?
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    Do you even know what he was suspended for? Probably not. He took testosterone while he was retired and then was lured back to the Pats. He knew he was going to get popped as did the Pats. He is respected. Does great in the community and try to find a player or coaches who has bad things to say about him. Keep up your rants because you are making all us other posters look a hell of a lot smarter.

  28. Richard Nguyen says:
    October 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    @tylawspick6

    Sure, prop up the Jakobi kid that lit up a couple of preseason games as if he was some 10x all pro just to get your knock on Brady in. Gimme a break. Your wonderboy Stidham by the way wasted no time coughing up a pick6 to the miserable Jets within a couple snaps of real action. Too bad he wasn’t as awesome as he was in preseason, eh? Then you could have started clamoring for Brady’s benching as per usual.

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    Well said. Now I understand all these other fan bases hatred for tylawpick6. Dude is a moron. Terrible rep for Pats fans.

  29. No rush to activate him this week. With a roster exemption he can practice without the need to cut someone else. I think he plays next week against the Giants.
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    The dude has been sitting on his keister waiting for 4 weeks and you want to rest him?
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    Redskins are lame and Stidham could win this game with the Pats D, so absolutely sit Ben and keep him fresh for more important games.
    Ben is old and could easily fall prey to injury at this point in his career which would be a great loss on an easily won game.

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Who is he supposed to throw to? How about Jakobi Meyers who lit it up in preseason with a bran new QB named Stidham?

    Brady skipping OTAs and then to have a possible rapist stay at his guest house?

    Are you kidding me? Yeah, I am a Brady fan, but I’d be lying if this special treatment crap to players who are technically more gifted than others, didn’t bother me.
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    Great take there fake Pats fan. So you are saying Jacoby Myers is the offensive savior- please, he’s a short move the sticks #3 guy at best, and Brady has thrown to him appropriately. “Lit it up in preaseason”- okay, said no one who actually watched any preseason game.
    Brady can skip all the OTA’s he wants, everyone on the planet concedes that. Brown never stayed at his house- if you weren’t a fake fan you would know that.

    Stidham is no Jimmy G. Jimmy G was a seriously researched draft pick- no one thought Brady would go on the historic run he’s been on since 2014. Stidham was not drafted as a successor, they needed a cheap back up option to Hoyer. Bill has always done this, and most likely he will be gone in a few years just like Bill does with most all of the QB’s he has drafted.

    Stidham played great in one half of a preseason game, and was mediocre in the others. Same as Hoyer did.

    How many passes did your “stud” Stidham throw before that Jets game pick six?

    Brady would throw to Frosty the Snowman if he could catch a pass- he’s always done this.

    The Pats have 0 run game this year, and now that the O-line is hurt it’s going to be tough sledding. The Bills run Defense is well below average and we couldn’t run at all against them. Without a real wide receiver (or HOF tight end) to respect (and a wounded Edelman) they could T-off on White and be all over Brady.

    Get the man a real receiver already.

  31. @tylawspick6

    That’s a rich accusation coming from a Belichick cultist that’s still miserably sore Jimmy was traded. I know you can’t get over the “missed opportunity” for Bill to prove that he can win championships without Brady (btw Bill did have 7 other chances without Brady in his head coaching career, at least two of which was with the Pats, but whiffed hard on all of them).

    Had Jimmy stuck around and Brady shipped off, you’d be facing a season lost to injury instead of SB appearances. Fortunately for “real” Pats fans, Brady was still around to help hoist some more banners.

  32. Time to spread the ball around Tom, and not just to guys have graduated into that annoying Circle of Trust.

    Admittedly, as a diehard fan, his perfectionism is annoying this time of year

    I agree with you. But, sometimes we do not give the opposing D enough credit. It is not always the QBs fault. The Bills had those guys covered, and the D line was getting right through.

  33. Richard Nguyen says:
    October 1, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    @tylawspick6

    That’s a rich accusation coming from a Belichick cultist that’s still miserably sore Jimmy was traded.
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    Yeah- TLP6 is just another fake Pats fan poser- Posts outragous stuff just to make real fans look bad. Disapears after a bad loss, then lays it on thick after a blowout. The second he’s challenged he starts screaming about “Millennials” .

    Don’t know why people can’t enjoy that both Bellichik and Brady have been great, and one without the other wouldn’t equal the same success- same as every other HOF coach or QB.

  34. “Yeah- TLP6 is just another fake Pats fan poser- Posts outragous stuff just to make real fans look bad. Disapears after a bad loss, then lays it on thick after a blowout. The second he’s challenged he starts screaming about “Millennials”.

    You kind of have to have a little pity for the kid. The bulk of his life consists of trolling on sports forums.

  35. “Really? The guy just coming off a steroid suspension? Yea I’m sure defenders have SO much respect for guys that are cheating and trying to gain an edge on the defense.”

    Way to utterly and totally distort the situation. The steroids were proscribed by his doctor after he retired for a medical condition, and he told the league before he came out of retirement that he was on them. People who are trying to cheat don’t tell the league they’re on PEDs before they sign a contract.

    And yes, he is one of the most respected players in the league.

  36. “The second he’s challenged he starts screaming about “Millennials” .”

    Lolz don’t forget his all time classic “cap hell”

  37. chrisg5988 says: He was fast. 10 years ago
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    Maybe but he’s not been brought back for speed. He’s firstly a blocker to help the patched-up o-line, and screens, and to catch some check-downs. At least that’s what I’d expect initially.

  38. harrisonhits2 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    “The second he’s challenged he starts screaming about “Millennials” .”

    Lolz don’t forget his all time classic “cap hell”
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    Don’t forget the “humans don’t go to the hospital with the flu” diatribe that went on for two days.

  39. I seriously doubt that other NFL players care about that as much as you do. By the way, he is not the only one returning from suspension. Golden Tate and Taylor Lewan, just to name a few, are returning and Quinn returned last week. Every team has players that have been suspended at one point in time. Brett Favre even admitted to drug use and so has Calvin Johnson. Get a life.

  40. streetyson says:
    October 1, 2019 at 7:48

    Maybe but he’s not been brought back for speed. He’s firstly a blocker to help the patched-up o-line, and screens, and to catch some check-downs. At least that’s what I’d expect initially.
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    I’m not even sure the Pats know yet where he’ll fit. He was always more of a pass catcher, who can block. He’s really old, but he is also a truly great team player and will do what’s needed/asked for sure. I think they just got caught off guard in the off season when Duane Allen slipped away, and they were going hard after Rudolph till he re- upped with the Vikes.

    I didn’t like the Brown signing, but I would have loved to see him play with Brady- he is the absolutely perfect type of receiver for that offense.

    As long as Brady, Bellichik and McDaniels are there you have to trust they’ll figure the offense out.

  41. Is Watson the answer….probably not, but he should be an adequate addition to the O-Line to help improve its current level of performance….. his age worries me a bit but I realize he’s more of a stop gap type of player at this stage…
    If he can help the line get the running game more prevalent then I’d consider him a huge improvement over who they have in there now……
    But let’s get real here…. the Pats o-line has been a revolving door thruout preseason & ongoing as I type this….it takes time to build trust between all these changes & chemistry amongst the players that make up the line…..even though the Pats have Scarr, one of the best to coach a line, he can only do so much…..improving the blocking for the run game MUST BECOME A PRIORITY…..even though he’s the GOAT, Brady is 42 & weather will be getting nasty, we don’t want Brady dropping back a ton trying to win it with his arm, we have young powerful & talented depth at RB, lets not waste that, GET THE RUN BLOCKING/SCHEMING FIXED!!!!!
    Go Pats

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