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Tom Brady hopeful Kenny Britt can contribute to Patriots this season

Ryan Hannable
December 14, 2017 - 6:08 pm

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady got another receiver this week when the Patriots signed Kenny Britt after he was released by the Browns last week.

At 6-foot-3, Britt is the tallest Patriots receiver and if he can learn the playbook, he could be a big help for Brady throwing outside the numbers.

"You know, he’s just kind of come in and worked hard the last couple days and trying to understand all the things we’ve got going," Brady said. "Hopefully, we can add something to the mix here in a short period of time. It’s always challenging for a guy to come in late and pick up everything at once, but hopefully he can figure out a role. He’s had a lot of production and he’s going to have to go out and earn it, earn everybody’s trust to get out there, but he’s done a good job the first couple days."

Britt played nine games this season with the Browns, tallying 18 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns. That marked a big drop off from his career season in 2016 with the Rams, when he hauled in 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns.

When the Patriots sign a veteran receiver it doesn't always mean they will be productive. There have been countless examples of receivers who never seem to get on the same page as Brady. The quarterback is hopeful Britt isn't one of them.

"I don’t know. That’s a good question," Brady said when asked why some get it and some don't. "I’m not sure. We’ve done pretty good with veteran receivers, so those guys – I mean, it’s probably on a very individual basis. I think for most people, what you do is kind of up to the player and the professionalism and the ability to come in and put the work in every day. Some guys make it and some guys don’t. Veteran receivers – I would say in our offense, it’s a pretty high degree of difficulty. So, the guys who have been around a little bit know how to play football, know how to play professional football and prepare and study and all those things, can come in and do pretty well."

It remains to be seen whether or not Britt is active Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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