Patriots sign WR Bruce Ellington

The Patriots are hosting a pair of wide receivers on the second day of National Football League free agency.

The former SC star had his best season with the Texans in 2017, grabbing 29 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Ellington has caught 79 passes for 769 yards and five touchdowns. His lone touchdown came in Houston's season opener at New England, his best statistical game with the Texans.

The 27-year-old receiver stands at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds.

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Given how productive New England slot receivers usually are, it wouldn't surprise us to see him haul in some key receptions during his time with the Patriots.

Shortly after he was signed by the Lions, Ellington told reporters he had previously had the semitendinosus muscle in his hamstring removed after suffering an injury in 2016 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. He played there through the 2016 season, though he missed that year with injuries.

Despite playing in just seven games last season, Ellington finished with a career-high 31 catches for 224 yards and one touchdown, averaging a paltry 7.2 yards per reception. The Patriots placed an original-round tender on Josh Gordon earlier this week to retain the indefinitely suspended receiver for 2019 unless another team swoops in to sign him to a deal they refuse to match and surrenders a mid-round pick.

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