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Patriots TE Ben Watson reveals feelings about Panthers DB Eric Reid on Twitter

Patriots TE Ben Watson reveals feelings about Panthers DB Eric Reid on Twitter

As Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid awaits his expected punishment from the NFL for his dangerous late hit to the head of the Patriots' Ben Watson that has the 38-year-old tight end in concussion protocol, Reid has insisted the hit had nothing to do with the recent Twitter beef between the two.

Watson hasn't talked publicly since the hit, but he tweeted about it Saturday.

Our Tom E. Curran tweeted his disdain for the hit just after it happened. 

That, of course, garnered a number of reactions, including a "like" from one Benjamin Watson, as this screengrab shows:

Looking back at the play (via a tweet from the NFL Network's Mike Giardi, above), Watson had already been tackled following a reception from Tom Brady. Reid, a 27-year-old veteran safety, was penalized for unnecessary roughness but escaped ejection.

Now, for the backstory between the two, Reid recently was critical of the Players Coalition as well as Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL. That didn't sit well with Watson, who responded with the tweet below:

Reid has drawn multiple fines for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from a game for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last season. He also contends that he's been unfairly targeted for drug testing by the NFL because of his kneeling during the national anthem.

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured Pat Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured Pat Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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Tom E. Curran's Patriots vs Jets Preview

Tom E. Curran's Patriots vs Jets Preview

TGIF. Thank God it’s football. The Patriots and their fanbase spent 11 days holding their collective nose, hoping the on-field magnificence of Antonio Brown would offset his toxicity off of it. Didn’t work. As O.J. Simpson so eloquently said on Twitter, “In any event, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. He’s gone.” 

So the Patriots are back where they were on the Friday before their season opener. Incredibly deep and talented on defense. Shallow at wideout and tight end. The wrinkle injected this weekend as they take on the Jets? The offensive line is banged up and they are missing their fullback. Will it matter to the bottom line? Doubtful. But the product may not look as omnipotent offensively as it did. Defensively? The Patriots can be the first team in the modern era to stop opponents from scoring a touchdown in the first three games.

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