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The New England Patriots are bolstering the talent and depth of their wide receiver corps by reportedly signing veteran Marqise Lee to a one-year contract.

It's a good signing, assuming Lee can stay healthy. Injuries have been an issue for Lee since he entered the NFL in 2014. He was limited to just six games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, and he missed all of 2018 after suffering a major knee injury in the preseason. He was a solid depth wideout before his injuries, though. The 28-year-old tallied 56 receptions for 702 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. He posted 63 receptions for 851 yards with three touchdowns in the 2016 season.

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Check out an updated look at the Patriots' wide receiver depth chart below:

Julian Edelman
Mohamed Sanu
Marqise Lee
N'Keal Harry
Jakobi Meyers
Damiere Byrd
Gunner Olszewski

Wide receiver is still a position the Patriots must address in the 2020 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night with the first round. Luckily for New England, this year's class is loaded with talented pass-catchers, many of whom have blazing speed and/or the ability to win 50-50 balls down field.

The Patriots will be on the clock at No. 23 overall in Round 1, but after selecting Harry No. at 32 overall in 2019, it's unlikely they will draft a wide receiver in the first round back-to-back years. However, New England is poised to make three selections (all in the third round) on Friday, and that would be a good time to target a wideout.

 

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