New Patriots wide receiver Paul Turner hopes to stick around

Ryan Hannable
July 29, 2018 - 5:49 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots added wide receiver Paul Turner on Friday and he comes with an interesting story.

The wide out didn't play at all in 2017 due to a shoulder injury, so he was just hoping for another shot after having just one year of experience prior to that. Turner played with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and had a great preseason becoming a fan favorite, but spent most of the year on the practice squad.

“I was overjoyed just to have that opportunity to try out,” Turner said after Sunday's practice. “Not many people even get the opportunity to work out again with teams. So for me, [my plan was] just go home, do some recovery and then go up here and put my best foot forward.” 

Turner admitted getting caught up to speed as been challenging. He needed to be removed from one play on Sunday simply because he didn't know it.

“I mean, it’s been difficult,” he said. “But for me, it’s really just [about] trying to go in there and just focus on little things and taking things one day at a time. … And I feel like if I can just continue to focus on those things — the little things — everything will start to come together slowly. But it’s coming. I’m just having to put in a lot of work at night and a lot of work when we have a lot of free time. It’s not going to come all in one day or in the next couple of days. It’s a complicated offense. So all you can do is just study, and I know it will come. I know I’ll pick it up sooner or later.”

The Louisiana Tech product could see extensive playing time in the preseason, especially with a few receivers banged up.

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