FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have activated WR Julian Edelman to the 53-man roster and released RB Kenjon Barner from the 53-man roster.
Barner, 29, was signed by the Patriots for his second stint with the team on Sept. 26, 2018. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. Barner was most recently with the Carolina Panthers through training camp this summer and has also had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. He has appeared in 44 regular-season games with one start and totaled 77 rushing attempts for 317 yards with three touchdowns and 21 receptions for 127 yards. He has also returned 30 punts for 259 yards and 22 kickoffs for 498 yards. Barner has appeared in four postseason contests as a reserve and tallied one punt return for 10 yards and five kickoffs for 115 yards. Barner made his Patriots debut last week in the Miami game and finished with three carries for 11 yards.