Ben Watson is ‘grateful’ his journey led him back to the Patriots

Watson tweeted his reaction to his return to the Patriots Tuesday.

New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson speaks with members of the media following an NFL football minicamp practice, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Patriots tight end Ben Watson re-signed with the team on Tuesday after being released a week prior. Watson, a six year veteran, expressed his appreciation with the news via Twitter. –AP Photo/Steven Senne

Ben Watson is happy to be back.

The Patriots tight end re-signed with the team on Tuesday after being released a week before. He seemed to take the news of his release hard, tweeting that he was “beyond disappointed but even more upset for my family who has supported me with all the love a husband and father could ask for.” Even quarterback Tom Brady appeared upset, saying the situation was “tough” and that Watson would be missed.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick pointed to roster space as a reason for Watson’s release, but following injuries to tight end Matt Lacosse and fullback Jakob Johnson, a spot opened up.  Watson tweeted that the sudden change gave him a “proper perspective in disappointment.”


I am so grateful for the encouragement received this past week from strangers friends and family alike,” he tweeted. “God used them to boost my spirit and bring proper perspective in disappointment. For now my journey has led back to the Patriots. Whatever transpires He’s in control. Rom 8:28″

Watson spent his first six seasons with the Patriots, and halted his plans of retirement last year in order to rejoin the team. He was suspended the first month of the season for violating the league’s substance policy after taking what he says was Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate during his hiatus. Watson played for New England during the preseason and suffered a concussion.

Despite the whirlwind, Watson’s return is expected to help contribute to the Patriots’ offense given his experience and lack of depth at the tight end position.  Watson participated in practice on Tuesday.