The New England Patriots released undrafted rookie wide receiver Chris Harper yesterday (he has since cleared waivers), leaving only four players left on their position depth chart: starters Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, backup Aaron Dobson and core special teamer Matthew Slater.
Obviously, the team's depth situation is not ideal and it now seems that the Patriots agree: according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the team has made a trade with the Houston Texans to acquire wide receiver Keshawn Martin:
Texans trade WR Keshawn Martin to Patriots— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 16, 2015
The 25-year old was drafted by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and worked as a wide receiver and kick returner. In his two years in Houston, the 5'11" wideout caught 38 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns. Furthermore, he has returned 91 punts (8.6 yds/return, 1 TD) and 68 kickoffs (25.1 yds/return) in his career.
We don't know yet what the Patriots gave up to acquire Martin, but with the roster at 53, a corresponding move needs to be made.