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Why did Patriots re-sign Ben Watson? Bill Belichick has straightforward reason

Why did Patriots re-sign Ben Watson? Bill Belichick has straightforward reason

Bill Belichick isn't one to divulge strategy.

But in the case of Ben Watson, the New England Patriots head coach was happy to explain the tight end's eventful eight days.

"We had a roster spot,” Belichick told reporters Thursday when asked why the Patriots re-signed Watson on Tuesday after releasing him the previous Monday.

“We had availability. Jak (fullback Jakob Johnson) went on IR (injured reserve), so we had an opportunity to put (Watson) on the roster that we didn’t have the week before."

That bit of roster maneuvering worked out in the Patriots' and Watson's favor. Johnson and tight end Matt LaCosse were healthy at the time of Watson's initial release, but the Patriots had a need for the tight end after both players got hurt last Thursday against the New York Giants.

So, they filled Johnson's vacant roster spot by re-signing Watson on a deal that gives the 38-year-old more guaranteed money and saves the Patriots about $1 million in cap space.

New England also brought in Eric Tomlinson on Tuesday, and Belichick suggested the former New York Jets tight end could be used in a blocking role.

"He’s a bigger guy, has blocking ability," Belichick said of Tomlinson. "He's been in the backfield. He’s played on the line of scrimmage. We’ll see how all of that plays out."

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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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