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NFL Rumors: Would Ben Watson end retirement to reunite with Patriots?

NFL Rumors: Would Ben Watson end retirement to reunite with Patriots?

The New England Patriots need experience at tight end after Rob Gronkowski's retirement. So, why not bring back an old friend who's worked with Tom Brady before?

Patriots fans will recognize Ben Watson, who spent the first six years of his NFL career in New England from 2004 to 2009. That's obviously a long time ago, and the New Orleans Saints tight end officially announced his retirement last December.

But ESPN's Adam Schefter raised eyebrows Thursday morning by mentioning Watson's name unprompted while discussing the Patriots' options at tight end.

"I won't be surprised if somehow Ben Watson, coming out of retirement, makes his way back to Foxboro," Schefter told WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" in a radio interview. "That won't surprise me down the line."

Schefter's wording suggests if Watson were to return, it wouldn't be until later in the season. And considering he turns 39 in December and just had twins with his wife, he may stay sidelined for good.

But it was Schefter who reported over the weekend that Watson was mulling an NFL return, so the fact that Schefter mentioned the Patriots as a landing spot for the veteran tight end is significant.

New England's tight end depth chart without Watson includes free-agent signee Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacob Hollister and Stephen Anderson. The Patriots reportedly have interest in several tight end prospects in this year's NFL Draft, as well, including Texas A&M's Jace Sternberger and Alabama's Irv Smith Jr.

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Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

The Patriots' first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft soon will be put in his first high-pressure situation in New England.

N'Keal Harry is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium on Friday, May 31 before the Pawtucket Red Sox's matchup against the Syracuse Mets.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver will take photos with fans on the main concourse at McCoy from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Harry has Patriots fans waiting anxiously to see how he'll gel with his new quarterback, Tom Brady. The Arizona State product has been impressive early on in OTAs and has some believing he'll have an immediate impact in his rookie year.

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Why Dontrelle Inman chose the Patriots: 'I like winning'

Why Dontrelle Inman chose the Patriots: 'I like winning'

The New England Patriots overhauled their receiving corps this offseason, and one of the additions to their team was Dontrelle Inman. The five-year NFL veteran joined the Patriots on a one-year deal after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts.

And Inman's reason for joining the Pats was simple.

“I like winning,” Inman said via NESN's Doug Kyed. “It’s one of those things like being part of a winning organization, you want to try to help the team win. That’s why I made my decision.”

Inman made the playoffs for the first time last year with the Colts. Indianapolis went 10-6, earned the sixth seed in the AFC, and beat the Houston Texans before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. Now, Inman wants more.

Given the fact that the Patriots have a need at wideout and have made the Super Bowl in three straight seasons, this seems like the perfect destination for Inman. He'll be able to fight for playing time with veterans Philip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Demaryius Thomas, and a plethora of rookies to earn a role on a winning team.

If Tom Brady warms up to Inman, he could find the form that he had in the 2016 season when he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns (all career highs). But at the least, if Inman can prove to be a reliable weapon, he should have a chance to replicate his numbers from Indianapolis (28 catches, 304 yards, three touchdowns).

And if Inman makes the roster, he will definitely have a chance to win.

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