Patriots signing free-agent WR Bruce Ellington to one-year deal

Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: Houston Texans wide receiver Bruce Ellington scores against New England Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley and cornerback Eric Rowe in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 27-20 (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: Houston Texans wide receiver Bruce Ellington scores against New England Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley and cornerback Eric Rowe in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 27-20 (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

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The New England Patriots have added to their wide receiver corps in free agency. They're signing slot receiver Bruce Ellington to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Ellington, 27, has played 44 career games with the 49ers, Texans and Lions. In total he's made 79 catches for 769 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also has experience as a returner, with 50 career kick returns and 48 career punt returns.

With the Patriots, Ellington has a chance to make an impact as a slot receiver and could fill the void left by departed kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson. He joins a receiver depth chart in New England that also includes Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios, and Damoun Patterson.

Ellington signed with the Patriots soon after visiting them on Thursday, along with fellow free-agent wideout Maurice Harris.

The veteran receiver has had good games against the Patriots. In the 2018 season opener at Gillette Stadium playing for the Texans, he made four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. In Week 3 of 2017 at Gillette, also with the Texans, he made four catches for 59 yards and a score.

The biggest question with Ellington is not his ability to fit or produce in the Patriots offense, but his ability to stay healthy. He has dealt with hamstring injuries throughout his career, and even has had part of his hamstring surgically removed. He also dealt with a back injury last season with the Lions.

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