New England Patriots

Cameron Meredith of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball after a catch against the Detroit Lions late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field on December 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots had an open spot on their 90-man roster entering Friday. They’re using it to sign another new wide receiver.

As first reported by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe on Monday, the Pats are signing former Saints and Bears wideout Cameron Meredith. New Orleans released Meredith on Monday after he spent the 2018 season there.

Meredith, 24, looked to be on the rise as an NFL receiver in the 2016 season with the Bears, when he caught 66 passes for 888 yards and 4 touchdowns. But a torn ACL derailed him in the 2017 season, leading the Bears to let him sign a two-year offer sheet with the Saints as a restricted free agent.

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Meredith brings to the Patriots size, depth, and low-risk upside at receiver. That the Saints cut him loose less than two weeks into training camp is not a good sign, but Meredith should be able to compete for a spot with only 2-3 receivers guaranteed to make the 53-man roster.

Demaryius Thomas remains absent from camp as he recovers from an Achilles injury suffered late last season, while Julian Edelman is also on the mend from a thumb injury. Meredith’s arrival can’t be a good sign for Thomas, and it should put guys like Dontrelle Inman on notice.

If Meredith can regain the form he had three seasons ago, it would be a relatively significant development for a Patriots team in need of more certainty at receiver.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.