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    />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePats Pulpita New England Patriots communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpPatriots NewsOpinion and AnalysisContribute!About the SiteTopicsPatriotsOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementFiled under:Patriots AnalysisResetting the Patriots’ tight end depth chart after the signing of Benjamin WatsonNew White Jonathan Jones Jerseys ,21commentsRead more: Patriots expected to sign veteran TE Benjamin WatsonEDTShareTweetShareShareResetting the Patriots’ tight end depth chart after the signing of Benjamin WatsonPhoto by Elsa/Getty ImagesAfter nine years apart, the New England Patriots and a former first-round draft pick of theirs are reunited again: the team will re-sign tight end Benjamin Watson, the 32nd selection of the 2004 draft, to a one-year contract. The move adds an experienced and well-rounded player to a position group that lost both when future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski stepped away from the game in late March.With all that in mind, let’s reset the Patriots’ tight end depth chart with Watson in the fold.The well-rounded tight endsNeither Watson nor LaCosse — both signed as free agents this offseason — will be confused with Gronkowski when it comes to doing the primary responsibilities of the tight end position at a (historically) high level. That being said, they are both serviceable in the two areas. Watson, despite his age, is still an able receiver and in-line blocker if used in a rotational role. LaCosse is a better receiver than blocker Jonathan Jones Jerseys 2019 , but did perform admirably as a pass-protector. If he continues to improve his still inconsistent run blocking, he can turn into a true number one tight end.The primary receiving tight endsFirst things first: Seferian-Jenkins was graded well by Pro Football Focus as a blocker in 2018, but his track record and limited sample-size last year may not truly reflect his abilities in this area. In general, the former second-round draft pick is considered to be a substantially better pass catcher than blocker. The same goes for Stephen Anderson, who told Pats Pulpit in February that he was working on improving his blocking technique with fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. He also admitted, however, that he still had ways to go.The primary blocking tight endsIzzo might be a bit of a wild-card when it comes to the Patriots’ tight end group. He saw only limited action in the passing game at Florida State, and served primarily as a blocker. That being said White Ja’Whaun Bentley Jersey , the 2018 seventh-round draft pick has both size and some adequate athleticism to potentially find success as a receiver as well. Undrafted rookie Beck, meanwhile, projects to serve as a tight end/H-back hybrid at the next level.All in all, the Patriots have depth at all facets of the tight end position but only two players successfully combining blocking and receiving — at least based on their past performance. And while both Seferian-Jenkins and Izzo bring upside to the table to grow into more ‘traditional’ tight ends, neither they nor the other four men currently under contract with the Patriots are locks to make the team at this point in time. According to one source, New England believes that Arizona will draft a quarterback."In most years, the first overall selection in the draft is known long before the clock officially starts ticking. 2019, however Ja’Whaun Bentley Jersey 2019 , will be different as the Arizona Cardinals have not yet given any clear indications about what they plan to do with pick number one. Will they draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray? Will they go after a defensive lineman like Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams? Will they make a trade out of the top spot?Whatever their decision, its implications will be felt around the league — especially if Murray, as is expected at this point, indeed gets drafted by the Cardinals. And even though Arizona has publicly expressed support for 2018 first-round selection Josh Rosen as the team’s starting quarterback for now, it sounds as if people across the NFL feel that the team could very well invest in a new passer just one year after picking another tenth overall.Count some inside the New England Patriots organization among them as ESPN’s Josina Anderson recently shared on Twitter: unless the Cardinals get “blown away” by a trade offer, the belief is that 2018’s worst team will select Murray with the first overall selection. The fallout of such a decision might also have an impact on the reigning world champions because it would likely make Rosen available for a trade — if not right away, possibly later during the offseason.As we have discussed before here on Pats Pulpit, Rosen is an intriguing potential target should the Cardinals decide to go with Murray and put him up for sale. As colleague Mark Schofield wrote in his breakdown of the quarterback about to enter his second season in the NFL White Jason McCourty Jerseys , “he might be the best option for the Patriots to address the quarterback position behind [Tom] Brady this offseason has to offer.”Whether or not push comes to shove regarding Murray and more importantly — from New England’s perspective — Rosen remains to be seen, of course. If Anderson’s reports from her Patriots sources and others across the league turn out to be true, however, expect speculation regarding the 2018 first-round quarterback to heat up immediately after the first pick of the 2019 draft gets announced tomorrow night.

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