Perhaps one word best describes Benjamin Watson’s feelings about returning to the New England Patriots: Thankful.

The 38-year-old tight end rejoined the Patriots on Tuesday, just eight days after he was released. The need for Watson arose after injuries to tight end Matt LaCosse and fullback Jakob Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve.

Watson took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to express gratitude to his fans, the Patriots and, above all else, God.

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Watson could play a significant role on the Patriots, who need as much pass-catching help as they can get.

Whether the 15-year veteran still can handle the rigors of life in the NFL remains to be seen, however.

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