The Patriots jumped into the free agent pool, as their depth took some hits in the first game out. They needed a wide receiver, a punt returner, and another running back; luckily for them, they managed to check off all the boxes.
The current group of receivers include Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and the suspended Julian Edelman. With Edelman out until week 5 due to a PED suspension, the receiver core was one short until they picked up former first-round pick Corey Coleman. Coleman was selected by the Browns with the 15th pick in the 2016 draft, was released by the Bills a month after Buffalo acquired him in a trade with Cleveland. In two seasons with the Browns, he had 56 catches for 718 yards with five touchdowns, but Belichick has a knack for bringing out the best in players whose careers seem to have stagnated.
They also added added former Broncos and Bears receiver Bennie Fowler along with former Eagles running back/return specialist Kenjan Barner. Fowler had 56 catches for 698 yards and five touchdowns from 2015 to 2017 with the Broncos. He’s had issues in the past holding onto the ball, which might have led to his release by Denver. Barner has 30 punt returns to his name after he was drafted by Carolina in 2013 and then made to switch to the Eagles from 2015-2017.