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Patriots Filling Holes in Their Roster

September 12, 2018

Boston Herald report

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were busy on Tuesday filling out their three open roster spots.

After trying to help their undermanned receiving corps with the addition of two free agents, they’re also helping out the running backs. After losing Jeremy Hill to a season-ending injury, they’ve now added running back Kenjon Barner.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound back, who was with the Eagles from 2015-2017, was with the Panthers during the offseason and preseason.

During his career, Barner has amassed 317 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, along with 127 receiving yards.

Perhaps more importantly, with the Pats having issues at punt returner, he has some experience in that area, with 30 punt returns and 20 kick returns, so he should be active on the Patriots special teams. Barner returned three kicks for 73 yards against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Also, after waiving a pair of receivers yesterday, the Patriots quickly found replacements this morning.

The Patriots signed former first-round pick Corey Coleman. Additionally, the team signed former Broncos and Bears receiver Bennie Fowler.

Coleman, who was released by the Bills less than a month after Buffalo traded for him, potentially brings speed and big-play ability to the New England offense.

With Phillip Dorsett taking on other responsibilities in the offense, the team currently lacks a deep threat on the outside.

Drafted by the Browns with the 15th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Coleman joins two other former first-rounders (Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson), Chris Hogan, and Fowler in the receivers room.

Julian Edelman is due back from suspension in Week 5.

Fowler is a 6-foot-1, 212-pound receiver with slot experience. He spent four seasons with the Broncos, posting career-best marks of 29 receptions for 350 yards a year ago. He also returned one punt.

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