The New England Patriots decided to play their regular
season without Ben Watson. The veteran tight end was released on Monday, but he
doesn’t hold any grudges against the team. Watson went on WEEI’s Orway, Merloni
and Fauria, and discussed his release.
“No I wouldn’t categorize it as bitterness. Definitely disappointed and sad about the situation,” Watson said. “It’s different when it’s just you, but when you’re a father, a husband and making decisions with your family, there is more to consider and it adds to it. It’s one thing for me to deal with being released, but telling my kids and then having them go to school and deal with it, all of that goes into it.
“I understand the business side
of it. I wish I had earned a roster spot, but obviously, I didn’t do enough. I
do know when it comes to football, it’s a team sport and it’s about momentum
and camaraderie. Coaches make decisions on what they think is the best grouping
of players for their roster.”
active on Sunday. The Patriots had to activate him until Monday afternoon. He was
waiting for the decision, but nothing happened until Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Watson
is disappointed, but he is happy that head coach Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio
decided to inform him.
“I do think the fact that both
of them came into the room and both spoke to me, I appreciated that. I
appreciate they didn’t send someone to tell me and I didn’t have to find out on
Twitter,” said Watson. “We had a conversation about the release, but also about
the past 15 years of football in general and other things.”
focused on his family at the moment. They moved to New England, and will stay
here for the rest of the year.
“Honestly, I’m not in a place
where I’m thinking about that right now. I’m thinking what just happened and
processing that,” he said. “Thinking about what are our options going forward
and what I’m going to do. No decisions yet about playing or not playing. Really
just dealing with what just happened, not what may or may not happen in the
“The bottom of rosters are very
fluid, injuries happen and there are different needs at different times,” he
added. “I don’t know how that’s all going to play out. Any organization never
totally moves on from a player, because you may have a need.”