Report: Patriots Just Signed Former First Round Receiver

The New England Patriots had problems with their receiver unit, and now the team has signed a former first round receiver.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network confirmed that the Patriots signed wide out Corey Coleman. The former first round receiver signed a one-year contract. He was the first round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and he spent his summer playing with the Buffalo Bills.

The team worked him on Monday, and they saw Coleman’s potential. Head coach Bill Belichick believes that the wide out can contribute in the passing game, and other receiver will sure use his help. Coleman will join the group of Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson. Coleman totaled 56 receptions for 718 yards in his career. He also has five touchdowns in 19 games played.

New England put Jeremy Hill on injured reserve due to his torn ACL, and waived Riley McCarron and Chad Hansen. This created enough space in the roster spot for Coleman and two other players.

Quarterback Tom Brady knew that the receiver spot is a rather challenging position in the offense.

“I would say receiver is a challenging position in our offense. We have a very graduate level type of offense. It takes a lot to learn. It’s not easy. Not easy for rookies. Not easy for veterans. It’s a lot of work. It’s time consuming. If we are going to be effective on offense we have to have a lot of people out there who can process information quickly and make adjustments. Everything changes week-to-week. Everything is a big adjustment,” Brady said in August.

“Guys who handle it and can compete and have the skills do a good job. That is typically guys — we have had quite a few over the years who can pick it up and understand it. Josh [McDaniels] is a very intense coach and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s not going to work for everybody. That is just the nature of the NFL. There’s a lot of offenses I could go into that I wouldn’t work at very well. That is just the way it is.”

Well, Coleman will sure give the game the boost it needs for the regular season.

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