The New England Patriots are adding some much-needed depth to their corps of wide receivers.
Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will sign wide receiver Corey Coleman, a 2016 first-round pick, on Tuesday. Coleman worked out for the team on Monday and was reportedly scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday. However, it appears that Coleman will become a Patriot, instead.
Coleman was chosen at No. 15 overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 draft. He was recently traded from the Browns to the Buffalo Bills, which was featured on an episode of HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ which chronicled the 2018 Browns’ training camp. Coleman was subsequently waived during final cuts. Throughout his career, he has caught 58 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns. He has missed 13 games due to two hand injuries over his two seasons.
Coleman’s signing is yet another low-risk, high-reward signing for the Patriots. He has talent. Should he make positive contributions this season, it could pay dividends for the Pats in the future.
But Wait…There’s More…
In addition to Coleman, the Pats have also agreed to sign former Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears wide receiver Bennie Fowler. This was first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, who learned of the signing via a team source on Tuesday.
Fowler has 56 catches for 698 yards since going undrafted out of Michigan State in 2014. He spent the first four years of his career with the Broncos before joining the Bears this offseason. He was released by Chicago on Sept. 3.
The Patriots had opened three spots on their roster Monday. They cut wide receivers Riley McCarron and Chad Hansen, and placed running back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve. Coleman and Fowler now join Phillip Dorsett, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Matthew Slater on the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the NFL and the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC