New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are working out wide receiver Kenny Britt on Monday after releasing the veteran during the preseason. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was first with the news of Britt’s expected workout in Foxborough.

In addition, the sense is that if Britt’s hamstring is good to go and the workout goes well, there’s a chance he re-signs with the Patriots.

The team had previously picked up Britt’s option for the 2018 season and had high hopes for him, but he suffered a hamstring injury late in the first day of minicamp in June. He was having a good day of practice before that point, but the injury derailed his entire summer after that.

There’s an opening on the Patriots roster after they released receiver Bennie Fowler. The assumption is that Britt will take up that spot. The team’s need at receiver became more glaring after the report surfaced, as they struggled in Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Three Patriots receivers combined to make 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville, one of them a late score by Chris Hogan with the Patriots down multiple scores. They’ll need more production from that position moving forward, and the team is hoping that the return of Julian Edelman and re-signing Britt will make a difference. While he may never be a game-changer for the Patriots, Britt would at least provide depth as an outside threat.

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