Phillip Dorsett

Here's how Patriots wide receiver depth chart looks after Demaryius Thomas signing

Here's how Patriots wide receiver depth chart looks after Demaryius Thomas signing

The Patriots needed more depth at the wide receiver position, and they got it on Tuesday by signing veteran wideout Demaryius Thomas to a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $6 million.

Thomas, who suffered a torn Achilles in Week 16 of last season, tallied 677 yards and five touchdowns during his time with Denver and Houston in 2018.

This marks the Pats' third receiver acquisition of the offseason as they also signed Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris to one-year contracts. Phillip Dorsett was re-signed on a one-year deal as well.

With that, here's an updated look at the Patriots' wide receiver depth:

  1. Julian Edelman
  2. Phillip Dorsett
  3. Demaryius Thomas
  4. Bruce Ellington
  5. Maurice Harris
  6. Braxton Berrios
  7. Matthew Slater
  8. Josh Gordon  (Currently suspended. Patriots used RFA tender worth $2.025 million.)
     

Of course, there's a chance Bill Belichick adds another receiver or two to the mix via the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

The Patriots lost receivers Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) and Chris Hogan (Panthers) in free agency this offseason.

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Here are reported details of Phillip Dorsett's Patriots contract

Here are reported details of Phillip Dorsett's Patriots contract

The New England Patriots haven't exactly broken the bank for wide receivers in 2019 free agency.

The Patriots made their one-year contract with wide receiver Phillip Dorsett official Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, ESPN's Field Yates shared the numbers of that contract, via a source.

Dorsett's $1.5 million base salary is a slight uptick from the $1.1 million he made in 2018 on the final year of his rookie deal. This contract includes a $500,000 roster bonus ($400,000 more than his 2018 roster bonus) and more incentives, but it's still a relatively good deal for the Patriots, who retain a 26-year-old receiver with upside and knowledge of the offense.

Dorsett played well in spurts last season, catching 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in his first full year with New England. He may be asked to take on a bigger role in 2019, as Julian Edelman is the only other wide receiver on the current roster who played significant snaps for the Patriots last season.

The Patriots also signed free-agent wideouts Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris to low-cost, one-year deals -- $895,000 and $1 million, respectively -- as their current strategy appears to be acquiring several ponies instead of one or two horses.

That strategy obviously could change if the Patriots target another receiver via trade or free agency, but for now, they're keeping the budget tight.

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Phillip Dorsett shares workout video at Gillette Stadium as Patriots make deal official

Phillip Dorsett shares workout video at Gillette Stadium as Patriots make deal official

Phillip Dorsett is back with the Patriots for 2019.

The two sides agreed to terms on a new contract last week, but the Patriots made the deal official on Tuesday:

On his Instagram story, Dorsett expressed his excitement with his new deal to stay in New England. The 26-year-old wide receiver already is getting workouts in at Gillette Stadium.

Though bringing back Dorsett certainly helps, the Patriots still have work to do to add depth at the wide receiver position. 

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