Entering the 2018 offseason, the New England Patriots had big expectations for wide receiver Kenny Britt: the 2017 in-season addition was seen as a potential beneficiary of the team’s turnover at the wide receiver position. However, things did not turn out as hoped as a hamstring injury limited the former first-round draft pick throughout training camp and the preseason and ultimately led to his release.
One month has passed since Britt was let go and it now looks as if the soon-to-be 30-year old could be on his way back – at least according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
The #Patriots may make another move at the receiver position: I’m told FA WR Kenny Britt is flying to Foxboro today to work out for the team on Monday, source says. If all goes well and his hamstring is healthy, he could sign in New England… again.
If Britt indeed re-signs with the Patriots, he would be the latest player to walk through the revolving door that is the team’s wide receiver position. While Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are all safe, the team has had multiple players in town that failed to capture the fourth spot on the depth chart – from Britt himself to Malcolm Mitchell, to Jordan Matthews, to Chad Hansen, to Bennie Fowler, just to name a few.
Adding Britt again would make sense, though: he has experience in the team’s system and would be a physical option as a perimeter receiver, something the team lacks at the moment. The nine-year veteran would join Hogan, special teams ace Matthew Slater, as well as fellow former first-rounders Dorsett, Patterson and Corey Coleman on the Patriots’ position depth chart.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Patriots also have another wide receiver on their radar: the aforementioned Jordan Matthews “remains local” and could become an option further down the line. Like Britt, Matthews’ first tenure with New England came to an end because of a hamstring injury.