Patriots' Rumors: Bruce Ellington accepts a one-year contract after the Lions relay

The receiver of the Detroit Lions receivers, Bruce Ellington, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Detroit. (Parlay Game Photo / Rey Del Rio)

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While the teams around the NFL do blockbuster business in free agency, the Patriots of New England move quietly in the shade.

The Super Bowl LIII champions made a small gesture Thursday afternoon by hanging on to the wide receiver Bruce Ellington on a one-year contract, by Ian Rapoport of the NFL network.

They also inked old Washington broad receiver Maurice Harris to a contract, according to NFL Network Mike Garafolo. The terms were not disclosed immediately.

Ellington started 2018 with the Houston Texans before to be lifted October 31 off the reserve injured following a thigh injury. the Detroit Lions Ellington caught up and Ellington caught 23 balls for 132 yards in four games to end the season.

Ellington is only 27, but his injuries have limited his production in the NFL. the San Francisco 49ers written Ellington in the fourth round of South Carolina in 2014. Ellington played 26 games with the Niners. He had only 19 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

He lost all year 2016 a hamstring tear before landing with the Texans in 2017. He had such a problem that Ellington told Dave Birkett of Detroit Free Press that he had one of the three muscles constituting his left hamstring removed surgically.

Historically, the Patriots like to find ways to ensure that players eliminated by the rest of the league become playmakers who excel in their system.

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson became the last example last season. Patterson was used as catcher, runner and flybacker by the Patriots last season. the Chicago Bears signed Patterson free contract of $ 10 million over two years, leaving more room for Ellington.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry said the Patriots' Ellington signing continued to recruit players who appeared with another team during joint practice with New England:

Phil Perry @PhilAPerry

It was written a year and a half ago, but it still applies. Patriots always like to acquire players they have seen in common practices. Bruce Ellington was with the Texans when the Patriots went to the Greenbrier for joint sessions in 2017. https://t.co/tyVPWFELf6

Harris, meanwhile, has spent the last three seasons in Washington. During that time he had 40 receptions for 432 yards and one touchdown. Last year, he recorded career highs in receptions (28) and receptions (304).

Patriots are rarely, if ever, bright in free will, but they are always strategic. It will be interesting to see how the head coach Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels, coordinator of the offensive, chooses to incorporate Ellington and Harris in 2019.

The duo will join receivers Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett with halfback Sony Michel and half tight Rob Gronkowski as weapons for the quarterback Tom Brady.

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