Bill Belichick tells OMF Patriots have roster exemption for TE Benjamin Watson


Benjamin Watson is back with the Patriots, although not completely official just yet.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Bill Belichick said the team has a roster exemption for him, so they do not need to make a corresponding move to get him onto the roster just yet.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes," he said. "Right now we have a roster exemption for him, so we’ll just evaluate it. We haven’t been on the field yet so we will evaluate it and see how it goes.”

If Belichick wants to have him active for this weekend's game in Washington, he will  need to make a roster move later in the week, likely Friday or Saturday. Options include releasing quarterback Cody Kessler or an offensive lineman.

Watson was impressive in the preseason before he suffered a concussion in the third game against the Panthers. He totaled two catches for 24 yards in the preseason.

The 38-year-old appeared in great shape over the summer and certainly has the ability to help the offense, which hasn't received much at all from the tight end position through four games.

He will join Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo in the tight ends room.