Bill Belichick explains why Patriots did not activate Ben Watson: 'We only have so many roster spots'

Devon Clements

Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson was not activated to the New England Patriots' 53-man roster by the 4 p.m. deadline on Monday, which marks his release from the team, making him a free agent. 

It was an odd decision to release Watson, seeing that the Patriots are openly looking for more pass catchers and Watson is just that, albeit at 38 years of age. Head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the decision to not activate Watson during his weekly interview with WEEI's afternoon radio show "OMF" Wednesday afternoon. 

"Just don't have a roster spot," Belichick said. "We only have so many roster spots. If we put somebody on, we have to take somebody off. Right now, there wasn't a roster spot. We didn't feel like there was somebody we could create a roster spot with. Everybody came out of the game healthy. We have a decent team. So I think that's where we're at."

As much of a roster-orientated approach the decision seem to have come down to, it's very telling of how hesitant the team is to release a player from another position outside of TE to free up a roster spot for Watson. Adding the pass-catching tight end to a struggling offensive arsenal would have been helpful, but apparently not as helpful as having depth at other positions. 

Comments (7)
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Max McAuliffe
Max McAuliffe

Frankly I'm not totally surprised. Didn't know how much more production he could put up than Izzo or LaCosse.

fuzzy 9066
fuzzy 9066

been better off opening spot by cutting the coach n adding the te

BJ Shea
BJ Shea

Watson is no great upgrade over Lacosse and Izzo

Bruced62
Bruced62

I believe in my heart they are saving a spot for an other TE to come back

Ma2Va
Ma2Va

But we brought back Jordan Richards... Smh

Mike Constantino
Mike Constantino

Who would've thought this


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