In an interesting turn of events, the Browns have just received wide receiver Sammie Coates in a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m not going to lie, I’m a Browns fan, but there were times I badly wanted Sammie Coates in my fantasy line up last season until he was hampered with a hand injury.
In a system with a collection of offensive firepower and receiving skillset, Sammie Coates proved to me that he could still do a ton with very few passes thrown his way. It is true that he comes with a case of the drops at times — even the Steelers knew that when they drafted him in the third round in 2015 out of Auburn. But in his third year, I believe he is coming to the right environment for success and will add to the Browns a much-needed weapon on offense, at a fantastic price.
What happened in the trade:
Steelers receive Cleveland’s 2018 6th round pick
Browns receive WR Sammie Coates and Pittsburgh’s 2019 7th round pick
Another nifty move by the Browns’ cerebral front office guys. They announced the deal yesterday as the team sent back to Pittsburgh the 2018 sixth-round choice the Browns acquired from the Steelers for cornerback Justin Gilbert (no longer in the NFL) last September. Basically, Coates comes to the Browns for free. A beautiful thing.
In Martavis Bryant’s absence, Coates was asked to produce among the company of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, DeMarcus Ayers, Cobi Hamilton, Markus Wheaton and, of course, the best wideout in football, Antonio Brown. Even sharing time among so many teammates, Coates managed big games on few catches:
In Week 2 playing Cincinnati, he went off for 97 yards on only two catches. In week 5, he ate up 139 yards and grabbed two TD’s playing the New York Jets.
He seems to be able to do a lot with a little.
With our boys on the Cleveland Browns, Sammie enters with a wide-open window of opportunity to step into our WR3 role behind only Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman. I don’t want to get my hopes up yet, but with that kind of role in the Browns offense, it would make sense for him to get some big-time games in. He gives Kizer another solid, fast receiver to really fling it to.
If Coates can put some of the blunders of his first two years behind him and step up in his third year with confidence and consistent catch ability and if Kizer can make the throws we think he can for a guy like Coates to make the grabs, this was more than a steal for the Browns.
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