Patriots roster move: New England signs another wide receiver, Bennie Fowler

Report Patriots sign WR Bennie Fowler

Report Patriots sign WR Bennie Fowler

The Browns originally traded Coleman, the 15th overall pick in the 2016 National Football League draft, to the Bills for a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Instead, Buffalo opted to keep undrafted free agent from Alabama, Robert Foster, as their speed wide receiver instead.

Coleman, who was traded to the Bills this offseason, was a surprise roster cut when Buffalo trimmed its squad down to 53 players. He finished with 33 receptions for 413 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games his rookie season, and 23 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns his sophomore campaign.

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It's hard to be a productive receiver when Cody Kessler, Josh McCown and DeShone Kizer are throwing you the ball, so there's an argument to be made that all-world quarterback Tom Brady can unlock Coleman's potential in New England.

But he was targeted 131 times in those games, meaning he caught just 43 percent of the passes thrown his way.

The New England Patriots are reportedly signing former first-round draft pick Corey Coleman to a one-year deal Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. New England entered Sunday's opener with Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and McCarron among the active 46-man roster. Julian Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the season. Receivers in New England must be able to read coverages and react to what they see, and run precise routes. He was released by the Chicago Bears in the preseason. Like Coleman, Fowler was in for a workout Monday. According to 247 sports he played 227 special teams snaps in 2017.

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