FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed running back Kenjon Barner and wide receivers Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler. Terms of the contracts were not announced.
Barner, 29, was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder 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. Barner 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.
Coleman, 24, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (20016-17). The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (15th overall) of Cleveland out of Baylor in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was traded by Cleveland to Buffalo for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick on Aug. 8 and then released by Buffalo on Sept. 1, 2018. Coleman has played in 19 NFL games with 18 starts and has 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns.
Fowler, 27, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos out of Michigan State on May 10, 2014. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder spent his rookie season on the Broncos practice squad and made his NFL debut with Denver in 2015. Over the past three seasons, Fowler has played in 45 regular-season games with five starts and caught 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns. He also appeared in three postseason contests with the Broncos in 2015 and had two receptions for 35 yards as part of Denver's Super Bowl 50 championship team. Fowler was signed by Chicago on April 16, 2018 and released on Sept. 1.