Ben Watson Returns

Ben Watson Returns

Ben Watson will not play at Washington
FOXBORO MA. - JULY 25: Ben Watson of the New England Patriots on the field during training camp at Gillette Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

With Ben Watson coming back to the Patriots after serving a suspension, a reminder that he and Brady go back to 2004 when he was drafted. He would spend six seasons with the Patriots catching passes from Tom Brady. Having Watson back on the Patriots is good for Brady. With the offense pretty thin and not really anyone at tight end, Watson brings the veteran experience needed at the position. The Patriots don't need Watson to win on Sunday, but it would be cool to see Brady throwing to Watson again in a Patriots uniform. Watson caught 20 touchdowns in his six seasons with the Patriots. He also had 2,102 yards.

Watson brings experience and leadership to the tight end position

Secondly, the absence of Rob Gronkowski has been a major factor as Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse have four receptions all together through the first four weeks of the season. That is another reason they need a veteran at the position to make plays for the offense. Watson has the experience the Patriots need. Also, he is much more productive with 44 touchdowns and 5,885 career yards.

The chemistry between Watson and Brady is solid on offense

The chemistry between Watson and Brady was pretty solid from the start of training camp. It'll be interesting to see how they are when he gets back on the field. He can also create blocking for either the running backs or receivers to gain yardage and make plays. Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels spoke this week on Watson returning to the Patriots.

"(He) 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 has had pretty good seasons in the last two years

Last year with the Saints, Watson had 400 yards and two touchdowns. In his last two seasons, Watson has had 96 receptions, 922 yards and six touchdowns. Working with the two elite quarterbacks in the NFL and doing well proves how good and reliable of a player he is. Trust is a big thing with Tom Brady, which is what Watson brings to the offense. He can also be a leader for Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse who have had a hard time connecting with Brady so far early in the season.

Written by Steve Atkinson

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