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The Patriots Are Signing A Former 1st Round WR

A New England Patriots helmet sitting on the bench.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots had an impressive start to the 2018 NFL regular season, as New England knocked off the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro the first Sunday of the year.

Bill Belichick and Co. can always get better, though, and if there's one area of the Patriots' team that needs an upgrade, it's the wide receivers position. Julian Edelman is sidelined with a suspension and there are some question marks with the other wideouts moving forward.

So, the Patriots have made an upgrade.

New England is reportedly signing a former NFL Draft first-round pick at the wide receiver position. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has the latest.

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman is signing with the Patriots.

"The Patriots are signing former first-round WR Corey Coleman, I’m told. A huge opportunity for Coleman to restart his career catching passes from Tom Brady," he reports.

Rapoport had reported earlier this week that Coleman was working out for the Patriots. He reportedly had a visit scheduled with the Eagles today, but that isn't happening anymore. He's signing with New England. "The #Patriots spent today working out former #Browns first-round WR Corey Coleman, I’m told. He has a visit with the #Eagles scheduled for tomorrow," he reported.

Coleman, 24, was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Browns. He spent two seasons in Cleveland before getting trade this past preseason. Coleman was later released.

The Patriots have a history of bringing in disgruntled and troubled former players. Perhaps Coleman will be next in a line of guys who have restarted their careers under Bill Belichick. Catching passes from Tom Brady should certainly help him.

New England is set to host Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon. The Patriots and the Jaguars are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on CBS.