Watson having a rebound season

Updated: November 6, 2009, 11:11 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When assessing surprises in the first half of the Patriots' 2009 season, a few players emerge.

It has been unexpected to see Adalius Thomas and Shawn Springs with such limited action and production in recent weeks. On the flip side, Brandon McGowan and Tully Banta-Cain went from under-the-radar to high-level contributors rather quickly.

And not to be overlooked is a player who was mostly overlooked just eight weeks ago: tight end Benjamin Watson.

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