After a workout earlier in the week, the Patriots are signing former first-round pick Corey Coleman. The wide receiver was drafted by the Browns out of Baylor in the 2016 NFL Draft. Cleveland traded him to Buffalo for a conditional seventh-round pick during this past offseason. He did not seem to impress the Bills, who waived him at the end of camp.
Coleman was relatively successful during his first two years in Cleveland:
2016: 33 catches, 413 yards, 3 touchdowns
2017: 23 catches, 305 yards, 2 touchdowns
He compiled these stats while only playing in 10 games in 2016 and nine games in 2017. Coleman missed time in each of those seasons due to a broken right hand in both September 2016 and September 2017.
Coleman is a solid addition for the Patriots and their depleted wide receiver corps. While his numbers don’t quite jump off the page, they are impressive considering the horrific group of quarterbacks that he had throwing him the football (RGIII, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan…exactly). At 5’11, 185 lbs, Coleman has decent size to go along with blazing speed. He has played both outside the numbers and in the slot during his NFL career, which provides diversity that the Patriots can use. His route tree is not particularly advanced, but like Cordarelle Patterson, the Patriots will likely use him in situations that take advantage of his strengths. For example, Coleman is fantastic in space so he could be useful on wide receiver screens.
Coleman is a player with a lot of talent who is looking to revive his career after being dumped off by the Browns and the Bills. New England could be a solid fit for him if he can dedicate himself to learning a complex offense and developing a relationship with Tom Brady. The Patriots are in a low risk/high reward situation with Coleman. He is better than some of the other roster bubble receivers that they have been signing and has the potential to have a massive impact on the Patriots offense. However, if he does not work out then the team is in the same position that they were in when they entered the game against Houston with only three main receivers.
Until next time – B$