Patriots re-sign TE Ben Watson, release QB Cody Kessler

Watson was released by the Patriots just last week but was brought back due to an injury to tight end Matt LaCosse.

Foxborough, MA - 10/15/2019 - New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson (84) at New England Patriots practice in Foxborough.  - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section:  Sports, Reporter:  Jim McBride, Topic:  16Patriots Practice, LOID:  9.0.1136089602.
New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson at New England Patriots practice in Foxborough. –(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have signed tight ends Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson and released quarterback Cody Kessler.

New England announced the moves on Tuesday. Watson rejoins the team less than a week after being released. Tomlinson joins the Patriots after stints with the Eagles, Texans, Jets and Giants. He played three games with the Giants this season before being released last month.

The signings of Watson and Tomlinson come after tight end Matt LaCosse injured his knee during the Patriots’ win over the Giants on Thursday.

Watson was a surprise cut last week. He became eligible to make his season debut just days earlier after serving a four-game suspension for a positive banned substance test following the 2018 season.

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