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Patriots swap out one offensive lineman for another on practice squad

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Patriots swap out one offensive lineman for another on practice squad

Few teams turn over the bottom of their roster more than the Patriots, particularly early in the season. Same goes for their practice squad. 

They made another move to their 10-man unit on Tuesday, bringing in offensive lineman Jamil Douglas and releasing offensive lineman Ian Silberman in order to make room. 

Douglas, who measures in at 6-foot-4, 308 pounds, was a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2015. He played in all 16 games last season, making six starts (four at right guard and two at center). He has spent the majority of this season bouncing on and off of the Dolphins practice squad, though he was promoted to the active roster in late September and saw game action against the Bengals. 

Ben Watson's new reported contract suggests Patriots will keep him around

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Ben Watson's new reported contract suggests Patriots will keep him around

It's been a roller-coaster 2019 season already for Ben Watson. But it appears the ride has come to a stop.

Watson re-signed with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, eight days after the team released him. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss and The Boston Globe's Ben Volin, the veteran tight end is getting a $1.236 million base salary -- $800,000 of which is guaranteed.

That chunk of guaranteed change is a sign the Patriots want to keep Watson around for the remainder of the season. If he stays healthy, he should see plenty of opportunity, as Ryan Izzo and recently-signed blocking tight end Eric Tomlinson are New England's only other active tight ends with Matt LaCosse sidelined due to injury.

Watson has yet to play in a game this season, missing the first four contests due to suspension and not traveling with the Patriots for their Week 5 game in Washington before he was released prior to Week 6.

The Patriots also benefited from releasing and re-signing the 38-year-old tight end, as they'll save over $1 million in cap space, according to the Boston Sports Journal's Miguel Benzan.

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Demaryius Thomas blasts Patriots, calls trade to Jets 'disrespectful'

Demaryius Thomas blasts Patriots, calls trade to Jets 'disrespectful'

Demaryius Thomas apparently has a lot to get off his chest.

Mostly quiet during his tenure in New England, the Jets wide receiver took a flamethrower to the Patriots on Wednesday, accusing his former team of "insulting" him by not giving him a chance to succeed.

"It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone.

"So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me."

The Patriots signed Thomas in April, taking a flyer on the five-time Pro Bowler as he recovered from a December 2018 Achilles injury. The team released him during final roster cuts but re-signed him two days later, at which point Thomas thought he was safe.

After the Patriots traded him to the Jets on Sept. 10 -- one day after signing Antonio Brown -- the 31-year-old felt stabbed in the back.

"They kicked me (to the curb) and shipped me out like I’m just a rookie," Thomas told Mehta. " ... It was disrespectful to me."

" ... You told me when you cut me at the (final) cut, sit around you’ll bring me back. And I stayed. I could have easily become a Jet once I got cut. … I could have been here the next day after I got released. But I chose to stay."

Thomas also detailed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's rather rational explanation for trading him to New York.

"Coach (Belichick) came up to me and was like, ‘Uh, we got too many guys. We can’t get the ball around enough and we’re going to trade you to the Jets,' " Thomas said. "And that was that."

Thomas caught two touchdown passes in New England's fourth preseason game but never appeared in a regular-season game, as the Patriots deemed him expendable after signing Brown.

The Brown experiment obviously didn't work out, though, and Thomas seems intent on rubbing a little salt in New England's wound ahead of the teams' Week 7 contest on Monday night.

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