Patriots Signing WR Bruce Ellington To 1-Year Contract

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March 15, 2019's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday Ellington will join the New England Patriots. For his career, Ellington has caught 79 passes for 769 yards and five touchdowns. He's worked his way around the New England tree, now with the Pats.

Former South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington saw his time in Detroit end when the Lions released him in February.

The former SC star had his best season with the Texans in 2017, grabbing 29 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Primarily a slot receiver, Ellington has been praised for his work ethic and intelligence but has struggled with hamstring and back injuries in recent years.

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Shortly after he was signed by the Lions, Ellington told reporters he had previously had the semitendinosus muscle in his hamstring removed after suffering an injury in 2016 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

A week passed before Ellington's career with the Texans was born. He signed with the Lions on November 6 and revealed to local reporters in the ensuing weeks he had a piece of his hamstring removed in 2016 to reduce the risk of further injury resulting from scar tissue. His best year came last year when he finished with 28 receptions for 304 yards, including a 10-catch, 124-yard performance against the Falcons.

Ellington will become the fifth New England wideout under contract after Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios and Damoun Patterson. They agreed to sign one today.

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