The Patriots worked out wide receiver Brenton Bersin last week, a source tells Doug Kyed of NESN.com (on Twitter). Will Bendetson of The Sports Xchange first reported the news.
The Patriots signed fellow receiver Eric Decker while Bersin was in transit to the team, so it’s not clear whether the team is still interested. However, Kyed hears the workout went well, and the team still has a vacant roster spot, so a signing may still be possible.
Bersin, a 6’3″, 210-pound receiver, has 32 career catches for 415 yards and one touchdown across four seasons with the Panthers. Bersin, who grew up in the neighborhood where former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson lives, continually found a way on to the Panthers’ roster, but has not received a ton of interest as a free agent this offseason.
Even if Bersin is signed, he’ll face an uphill battle in trying to make the final cut. The Pats’ WR group already includes Julian Edelman (suspended for the first four games of the season), Chris Hogan, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Decker, Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios, and special teams ace Matt Slater.