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Patriots reportedly adding WRs Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler — what does it mean for New England offense?

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The Patriots are signing wide receivers Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler to help shore up a depleted receiving corps, according to multiple reports.

The 24-year-old Coleman had 56 catches for 718 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons with Cleveland.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder was s first-round pick of the Browns in 2016, the 15th overall pick out of Baylor. As a collegian, he had an illustrious career -- he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2015 and was a unanimous All-American and first-team all-Big 12. He led the country with 20 touchdown receptions and had 74 catches for 1,363 receiving yards on the season.

However, it's been a different story for him in the NFL. He suffered a broken hand (twice), and never really seemed to click with the Browns. After two years with Cleveland, he was dealt to Buffalo this past summer for a seventh-round pick, but was cut just before the start of the 2018 season.

As for Fowler, a 27-year-old who has three seasons in the league, all with the Broncos. In his NFL career, Fowler has 56 catches for 698 yards and five touchdowns. As a collegian at Michigan State, Fowler had 93 catches in four seasons for the Spartans.

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