Reserve wide receiver and special teams player Fred Coleman re-signed with New England, the team announced late Friday.
The 6-0, 190-pound Coleman, an exclusive rights free agent, played eight regular-season and all three postseason games in his first season with the Patriots. A standout on special teams, he contributed one of the year's biggest plays in a Week 12 come-from-behind win at the Jets. The 46-yard catch sparked an offense that was stagnant to that point, setting up an Antowain Smith touchdown two plays later.
It was one of two catches on the year for Coleman, who added a 4-yard reception in the season-finale against Carolina. Coleman also clinched a Week 15 victory over Miami when he recovered an onside-kickoff by the Dolphins in the fourth quarter.
Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, Coleman spent the majority of his first two seasons in the NFL on the practice squads of Buffalo and the New York Jets. He was out of the league in 2000 and joined the Patriots after playing for the Chicago Enforcers of the XFL in 2001.