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New England Patriots sign wide receiver Bruce Ellington

New England Patriots sign wide receiver Bruce Ellington

New England has faced Ellington three times over the past two years and seen him make a dozen catches for 189 yards and two scores.

The New England Patriots are signing free agent and former Washington Redskins receiver Maurice Harris, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Ellington, 27, played for both the Lions and Texans in 2018 and made a combined 31 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown. He's worked his way around the New England tree, now with the Pats. Primarily a slot receiver, Ellington has been praised for his work ethic and intelligence but has struggled with hamstring and back injuries in recent years.

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Harris immediately becomes the tallest member of the Patriots' receiving corps, which lost big-bodied Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency. The 49ers drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, then waived him in August 2017 once he continued to suffer the negative effects of a torn hamstring that sidelined him for all of 2016.

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A week passed before Ellington's career with the Texans was born.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Bruce Ellington during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound receiver has played four National Football League seasons, missing the 2016 season due to injury. He played there through the 2016 season, though he missed that year with injuries. They agreed to sign one today.