Written-off tight end could be latest Patriots steal

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The Patriots have claimed the veteran tight end off waivers a day after he was cut loose by the Packers, according to ESPN and other outlets.

The Packers released him with a "failure to disclose physical condition" designation as he continues to battle a shoulder injury, per Schefter, and he had already been ruled out for Week 10 before Green Bay let him go.

Depending on his health, he missed the Packers Week 9 game against the Lions due to "injury", Bennett should slide seamlessly back into the Patriots offense.

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By claiming Bennett off waivers, the Patriots will take over the contract he signed with the Packers last March. Bennett had 701 receiving yards and seven touchdowns with the Patriots in 2016. In seven games this season, he has 24 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns. Things didn't work out exactly as expected but rejoining the Patriots puts him squarely back in the top 12 tight end conversation.

Brady loved playing with Bennett, who in turn has talked about how much he enjoyed playing in New England last season. He added that Bennett "disputes the notion that he hid anything" in terms of an injury. Last month, Bennett, on Instagram wrote, "After conversations with my family I'm pretty sure these next eight games will be the conclusion of my National Football League career".

Following Bennett's release, question marks remain regarding his health status. These next games are for you. He has yet to catch a pass this season. Last year, the prospect of seeing the Patriots deploy the duo of Gronkowski and Bennett was exciting for Patriots fans.