Patriots' Benjamin Watson among NFL players returning from suspension in Week 5


Preparation for Week 5 already has begun across the NFL, and that includes many players returning from 4-game suspensions.

One of those players is New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson, who was signed in May after a brief retirement. He failed a drug test in the offseason and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season as a result.

His addition should be an impactful one given how little the tight ends on the Patriots roster have contributed through four weeks. 

Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse have played the majority of the snaps at tight end. Izzo has two receptions on three targets for 44 yards, while LaCosse has two catches for 33 yards. The Patriots had been accustomed to much better production from the tight end position with Rob Gronkowski leading the way over the last decade, and while Watson isn't going to dominate defenses like Gronk, he's a better option in the passing game than Izzo and LaCosse.

Watson had 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns with the New Orleans Saints last season. He's well-rested coming off his suspension, and his addition should add a much-needed dynamic at tight end that's been lacking to this point.


The Patriots will try to improve their record to 5-0 when they travel to Washington to play the Redskins on Sunday afternoon.

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