Ex-Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman signs with New England Patriots

Ross Houston
September 12, 2018

The New England Patriots continue to try different options at their short-handed wide receiver position, agreeing to contract terms with Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and Field Yates on Tuesday. The first is at the punt returner role, which was vacated when the team waived wide receiver Riley McCarron.

Coleman, 24, is a veteran of two National Football League seasons with the Cleveland Browns (20016-17). 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. Coleman has played in 19 National Football League games with 18 starts and has 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns. With Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games, Rob Gronkowski did most of the receiving work in Sunday's season opener, catching seven passes for 123 yards against the Houston Texans.

Maybe he will go down a path similar to Phillip Dorsett, who was a spectator for much of his first season in New England before emerging this season.

Barner spent 2017 with the Philadelphia Eagles and had 16 rushes for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Fowler, 27, originally entered the National Football League as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos out of Michigan State on May 10, 2014.

Barner, 29, was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. He spent the previous four seasons with the Denver Broncos, and 2018 training camp with the Chicago Bears. In 2017, the 26-year-old rushed 171 times for 751 yards and five touchdowns.

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