Even the quiet days are busy for Bill Belichick and the Patriots these days.
Back on the practice field in preparation for their Week 7 Monday Night Football head-to-head with the New York Jets, the Patriots had a total of eight players either move in or out of their Foxborough operation on Tuesday.
Starting with the additions to the 53-man roster, the Patriots made the signing of tight end Ben Watson official, and also signed blocking tight end Eric Tomlinson. Watson, who came out of retirement to rejoin the Patriots in the offseason, was released by the team last week, but returns on the heels of an injury to Matt LaCosse. The 27-year-old Tomlinson, meanwhile, comes to New England’s 53-man roster after spending the first month of the 2019 season with the Giants.
To make room for Watson and Tomlinson on the 53-man roster, the Patriots waived third-string quarterback Cody Kessler. Signed on Sept. 25, the 26-year-old Kessler was inactive for all three of his games with the Patriots.
Elsewhere on the roster, defensive end Michael Bennett was handed a one-week suspension for conduct detrimental to the team stemming from an argument with defensive line coach Bret Bielema.
On the practice squad, meanwhile, the Patriots added offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier and wide receiver Devin Ross.
The 22-year-old Gauthier, originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent back in May, returns to New England still looking for his first NFL opportunity. The 6-foot-5 Gauthier was a three-year starter at Miami University, and made 29 straight starts (25 of which came at center). Gauthier’s latest opportunity with the Patriots comes as a result of offensive lineman Dan Skipper signing a deal with the Houston Texans, leaving the New England practice squad down a lineman.
Ross, meanwhile, has spent his pro career with the Titans’ practice squad and was most recently with the Eagles. The 5-foot-11 wideout had 140 receptions for 1,621 yards and nine touchdowns in a 40-game collegiate career with Colorado.
But with the Patriots focusing on thinner areas of their roster (both on the 53-man roster and on the practice squad), kicker Younghoe Koo and tight end Jason Vander Laan were both released from the practice squad.
The Patriots also had four kickers and a punter in for a workout on Tuesday.