The New England Patriots on Tuesday, September 11, announced that they have officially signed wide receivers Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler in an effort to strengthen the receivers depth. However, the terms of the contract deals were not revealed.
Coleman, who was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Baylor, has spent the first couple of his professional football career with the Cleveland Browns before the franchise traded him to Buffalo Bills this preseason after two disappointing seasons with Browns but did not make Bills’ final 53-man roster this season. He had recently worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.
The 24-year-old WR Coleman has completed a total of 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns in 19 games (18 starts) through his first two seasons in the league.
The Patriots receiving unit now has three former first-rounders: Coleman, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Signing Coleman is a low-risk idea for the Patriots, though a enigmatic one in some regards. Hard Knocks documented his explosion at head coach Hue Jackson’s office, where he demanded to be dealt should he wasn’t going to start.
Meanwhile, Fowler has spent the first four season of his pro-football career with the Denver Broncos. The undrafted talent out of Michigan State, Fowler posted a total of 56 receptions for 698 yards and 5 touchdowns, including 29 catches for 350 yards and three TDs in the most recent season.
The Patriots also signed running back Kenjon Barner. The 29-year-old rusher was initially drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth-round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. Barner was most recently with the Panthers through training camp this summer and has also had short stints with the Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers.
Barner has appeared in 44 regular-season contest with a single start and tallied 77 rushing attempts for 317 yards with three touchdowns and 21 receptions for 127 yards. Barner has appeared in four playoffs as a backup player and completed just a single punt return for 10 yards and five kickoffs for 115 yards.