Wednesday September 16th, 2015

The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Keshawn Martin on Wednesday in a trade with the Houston Texans, reports the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.

The Patriots did not immediately confirm the move, and reports did not indicate other details about the trade. New England did waive rookie wide receiver Chris Harper on Tuesday, creating a roster spot.

Martin, 25, played three seasons with the Texans after the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Michigan State. Over 48 games, he caught 38 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns. He has also returned 68 kickoffs for 1,707 yards.

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In 2014, Martin appeared in 16 games and caught six passes for 78 yards.

Martin would be the fifth wide receiver on the Patriots’ active roster, joining Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater.

The Texans have five receivers without Martin: DeAndre Hopkins, Keith Mumphrey, Cecil Shorts, Jaelen Strong and Nate Washington.

Mike Fiammetta

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