In a move that mimicked the team’s strategy last the season, the Patriots are adding a veteran wide receiver with just three weeks remaining in the season. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots and former Browns receiver, Kenny Britt, are closing in on a deal. Ian Rapaport says the pact is for two years.
Source: the Patriots are close to a deal with former Browns WR Kenny Britt. He visited them today.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 12, 2017
The former Rutgers standout was drafted by the Titans in 2009 and spent five seasons with the team. Prior to his nine-game stint with the Browns this season, Britt spent three years with the Rams. Two in St. Louis and one year in Los Angeles.
Last season, the Patriots signed Michael Floyd late in the year for the stretch run. He had minimal impact for the Patriots. His brief stint with the Patriots was highlighted by a devastating, but legal block, the sprung Julian Edelman for a long touchdown. The move to bring in Britt, however, seems like more of a necessity for the Patriots. All season, by Patriots standards, they have struggled in the red area. In fact, at times, they have struggled to move the ball consistently in the middle of the field.
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Against the Dolphins, the Patriots didn’t do much well at all on offense. However, the absence of Gronkowski was quite evident as the Patriots lacked a big-bodied receiver to exploit the defense. Their biggest receiver, Chris Hogan, is still nursing an injury after missing several weeks. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Britt instantly gives the Patriots size at the wide receiver position.
Britt’s best year came in 2016 with the Los Angeles Rams as he hauled in 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. His yards and receptions were both career highs. He did, however, score nine times in 2010 in just 12 games. In nine games with the Browns this season, he caught just 18 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns after signing a four-year deal in the offseason.
Now, Britt goes from a team that has yet to win a game this season to a team that is gearing up for a long playoff run. In fact, Britt has yet to play in a single playoff game over the course of his nine-year career. He will likely get a chance to play in three this postseason alone.