Patriots Reportedly Signing Receivers Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler

Patriots Reportedly Signing WR Corey Coleman

In addition to Coleman, the Patriots also reportedly signed wide receiver Bennie Fowler III, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

They're taking a flyer on former Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills wideout Corey Coleman, as first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Twitter. The Bills dropped him during roster cuts. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (15th overall) of Cleveland out of Baylor in the 2016 NFL Draft.

With running back Jeremy Hill out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, the New England Patriots needed to fill a hole on the depth chart, so they went out to shop for a new tailback. Coleman has played in 19 National Football League games with 18 starts and has 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns. With Tom Brady's favorite target, Julian Edelman, suspended for the first four games of the season following a PED violation, New England looked to other options, including veterans Kenny Britt and Eric Decker.

But Cordarrelle Patterson (16 plays) and Riley McCarron (15) rotated through and made little impact as the third and fourth receivers.

Fowler, 27, has special teams experience.

The Michigan State product spent his first three seasons in the National Football League with the Denver Broncos. He also has 56 career receptions with five touchdowns.

Barner, 28, spent the last four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles is a depth running back and punt returner.

Drafted by Carolina in 2013, Barner played for the Eagles from 2015-2017.

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