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Ben Watson thanks supporters in optimistic tweet after Patriots return

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Ben Watson thanks supporters in optimistic tweet after Patriots return

Ben Watson was devastated when the New England Patriots released him early last week.

It's safe to say he's in a better mood this week.

The Patriots officially re-signed Watson on Tuesday, as the veteran tight end returned to practice after a week in free agency.

The following morning, Watson used Twitter to express gratitude toward those who stuck with him following his release.

It's been a roller-coaster season already for the 38-year-old, who missed the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Watson didn't travel with New England for its Week 5 game in Washington and was released the following day.

He's healthy and eligible to play, though, and considering the Patriots' current depth at tight end -- Ryan Izzo and the recently-signed Eric Tomlinson are the only other active tight ends following Matt LaCosse's injury -- Watson has the chance to make an impact starting Monday night against the New York Jets.

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Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Patriots owner Robert Kraft's first public comment on the controversy surrounding a team production crew being investigated by the NFL for allegedly taping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the Bengals game in Cleveland on Sunday was brief.

"You know everything you should know," Kraft said while declining to talk to reporters, including Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, after walking out of a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at previously scheduled league meetings in Dallas.  

The team released a statement Monday night acknowledging that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admitted the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. 

The Patriots (10-3) visit the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati 

Earlier Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick again insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the team production crew was doing and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the tape shows about eight minutes of video that's focused directly on the Bengals sideline. 

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Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

The New England Patriots have some more space available on their practice squad.

The recent departures of center Tyler Gauthier and defensive back Nate Brooks have opened two new spots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

These moves bring the number of open spots on the Patriots practice squad to three. 

Brooks spent the last 13 weeks on the Patriots practice squad. His new head coach with the Miami Dolphins is Brian Flores, who was the Patriots' linebackers coach from 2016 through 2018. Gauthier signed with the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent but never played in a game for New England.

Huggins was signed by the Patriots last week but was released this past weekend when the team needed to make room on the 53-man roster to add kicker Nick Folk.

Reiss also reported Tuesday that New England worked out former University of Georgia defensive back Jayson Stanley.

The Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is their final road game of the 2019 regular season.

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