New England Patriots

Aug 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (13) runs after a catch in the second quarter against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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With NFL free agency coming in less than two weeks, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald is reporting that the Patriots have had conversations with WR Phillip Dorsett about a potential return.

Dorsett was on the active roster for all 16 games for the Patriots in 2018, getting an up-and-down workload with Josh Gordon coming over from the Browns in the middle of the season. Dorsett caught 32 of 42 targets for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

The ex-Colts wideout didn’t see a single target in Super Bowl LIII against the Rams, but made an impact in the previous two playoff games. He caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the divisional round against the Chargers, and his lone catch in the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs went for a 29-yard score.

As of Friday, Julian Edelman is the Patriots’ only lock for the 53-man roster at wide receiver. Dorsett’s return would provide depth and stability at a positional group that’s poised to see a lot of roster turnover in the coming months.

Duffy also reported that a strong market is emerging for Dorsett’s teammate Chris Hogan, who could have his pick between a number of teams. It remains to be seen if the same happens for Dorsett.

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