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Benjamin Watson's four-game suspension becomes official

Benjamin Watson's four-game suspension becomes official

The New England Patriots signed Benjamin Watson in free agency to provide depth and experience at tight end. However, they are going to have to wait before he can be used in the regular season.

Watson recently revealed on social media that he was facing a four-game suspension after failing a drug test in the following his retirement. On Thursday, that suspension became official, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Watson, 38, will miss games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills. He will be eligible to return to the team for their Week 5 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

Watson's suspension won't officially begin until the 53-man roster is finalized, but tight end will be one of the biggest position battles to watch in the offseason. The competition will be wide open, and several players will have a chance to establish themselves in Watson's absence.

Notably, the team signed veterans Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency, and they could attempt to hold the fort until Watson can return. Seferian-Jenkins had a 50 catch, 337-yard, three touchdown season in 2017 before struggling with injuries in his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.

Meanwhile, LaCosse is coming off a career year with the Denver Broncos in which he grabbed 24 passes for 250 yards and a score despite starting just five games. In a bigger role, he could find success.

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Twitter reacts to Patriots' first-half struggles vs. Chiefs

Twitter reacts to Patriots' first-half struggles vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots offense's struggles continued in the first half vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, and social media reacted appropriately.

Before the half, the Patriots had a chance to at least cut the deficit to ten points if the offense could get into field goal range. Brady and Co. couldn't get anything going, however, and entered the locker room down 20-7 while fans at Gillette Stadium booed loudly.

Here's what the Internet had to say about the Patriots' first-half demise:

BOOS OVER THE TOP?

HOME STREAK IN JEOPARDY

SKIP WITH THE HOT TAKE

POOR PATS FANS

WHERE'S HARRY?

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Julian Edelman passes this Patriots legend on team's all-time yardage list

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Julian Edelman passes this Patriots legend on team's all-time yardage list

Julian Edelman's march up the Patriots' all-time receiving ranks just keeps on going.

When the 2019 season started, Edelman had the seventh-most receiving yards in team history, but after passing Ben Coates and Irving Fryar earlier this season, he passed Troy Brown on Sunday to move into fourth place in the franchise record books. 

It's the second time this season that Edelman has vaulted past Brown's career totals. In New England's Week 9 loss at Baltimore, Edelman moved into second place on the team's all-time receptions list when he passed Brown.

The converted college quarterback only totaled 714 receiving yards over his first four seasons, but has gone over 850 yards in five of his past six seasons, including a couple of campaigns with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

As of halftime of the Chiefs game, Edelman now stands at 6,375 yards, trailing only Stanley Morgan (10,352), Rob Gronkowski (7,861), and Wes Welker (7,459).

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