The Cleveland Browns group of wide receivers is going to look different this year. We saw some old faces go and new faces arrive. I, for one, am excited to see what can become of this new receiver core.
We say bye to the disappointing Kenny Britt, the head-scratching Sammie Coates and the coveted, but underused Kasen Williams. We welcome Josh Gordon back and hope he stays on the right path. We also acquired the talents of Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins and drafted Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley. With all the changes, it will be interesting to see where everyone lands on the depth chart or if they even make it. However, I’m particularly intrigued about the future of Corey Coleman.
This is a former first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2016 draft and that’s quite an investment for an underperforming receiver. Coleman had a promising start to his career with a two catch, 69 yard game versus Philly and followed that up with a 104 yard, two touchdown performance against Baltimore. Unfortunately, he broke his hand and missed six weeks of the season.
When he returned to action, he appeared to struggle as he averaged just 30 yards a game until the 2016 campaign concluded. Next year was a chance to redeem himself and he did against Pittsburgh in Week 1. Coleman finished the game with 53 yards and a touchdown, another promising start. Once again, the receiver met an unfortunate fate at the hands of the Ravens as he broke the same hand and missed eight weeks of action.
Coleman has yet to live up to first round pick status and although he has shown flashes, he has something to prove. That is if he is still on the roster. There have been reports that the Browns would trade the receiver if they got a “decent offer.” I don’t know what a “decent offer” would be for an injury-plagued receiver, but I do know this is a sign that the coaching staff is losing faith in the former first rounder.
If that’s the case, it would mean that someone else would have to step up and replace Coleman. Would it be Rashaad Higgins or Ricardo Louis? Or even a rookie like Antonio Callaway or Damion Ratley? Regardless of who it may be, Coleman has to watch out and give 110% every practice or activity from here on out.
Luckily for him, I can’t imagine Cleveland releasing him with three million owed this season and another year left on his contract, so I guess we will have to wait for this “decent offer” to materialize if it ever does. My guess is that Corey Coleman will remain a Brown for the 2018 campaign and who knows he may perform well enough to stop us from talking about the same thing next year.