Britt didn't participate in Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practice due to a hamstring injury he sustained Tuesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Britt signed with the Patriots late in 2017 after being waived by the Browns, totaling two catches for 23 yards in the three games he appeared in with New England. The veteran wideout faces plenty of competition not only for playing time, but also to make the 53-man roster. He will sit out at least one practice before returning to the field.
Britt was the receiver "who stood out most" during Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
The 6-foot-3, 223-pounder is looking to get back on track after a rough 2017 campaign in which he was limited to 20 catches for 256 yards and two TDs in 12 games (including nine with the Browns). The 10-year pro is currently flying under the radar in fantasy circles, but Reiss noted that Britt was running well Tuesday and if the 29-year-old can continue to develop a good rapport with QB Tom Brady, there's bounce-back potential here.
Britt didn't do much during his late-season stint with New England in 2017, but with a full offseason with the team now on tap, the wideout will look to carve out a role behind top returnees Julian Edelman (knee) and Chris Hogan. In any case, with Danny Amendola now in Miami, there will certainly be competition for slotting behind the aforementioned duo. Also in the receiver mix along with Britt are Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and Cordarrelle Patterson. In addition, the Patriots could add further veteran depth or draft a receiver later this month. As a result, it's tough to predict Britt's role in the Patriots offense with the season five months away, but the 29-year-old isn't completely bereft of upside after catching 68 passes for 1,002 yards and two scores for the Rams in 2016.
Among the Patriots receivers targeted at least 30 times in 2017, three of them (Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead) will be unrestricted free agents in the near future, so Britt will have an entire offseason to work his way into the good graces of quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Britt landed in New England in mid-December after a disappointing nine-game run with the Browns, with whom he repaid a four-year investment with 18 catches on 38 targets. For his career, the 29-year-old wideout has averaged 44.3 receiving yards per game while tallying 32 touchdowns in 116 contests.
It's been an interesting journey for Britt, who parlayed a strong season with the Rams in 2016 into four-year, $32.5 million free agent contract with the Browns this past offseason. Things never clicked for the 6-foot-3, 223-pound wideout in a Cleveland uniform and he ended up signing a deal with the Patriots (that runs through next season) after being waived by the Browns in December. Set to earn $1,468,750 in 2018, Britt stands to benefit from a full offseason with the Patriots, though he'll still need to climb up a depth chart that will be topped by Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (knee) before he re-enters the fantasy conversation.
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|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||14||36||681||18.9||60||3||11||5||29|
|2017||New England Patriots||3||0||2||23||11.5||16||0||0||0||1|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||13||2||14||7.0||12||0||0||1|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||14||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||3||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|