Wide receiver Corey Coleman has been a disappointment in his first two seasons in the NFL. The former first-round pick was recently traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Buffalo Bills. While he had plenty of chances to prove himself in Cleveland, a change of scenery may do him some good.
Coleman was the 15th overall pick in 2016 for the Browns. A receiver who’s taken that high is supposed to be a game-breaker, but a game-breaker Coleman has not been. In the couple years he’s put in with Cleveland, he’s made 56 catches for 718 yards and five touchdowns.
He has missed some time, appearing in 19 games as a pro. In 2017, he was placed on IR but was designated as the player to return to action. After getting hurt in Week 2, he returned in Week 10 to play the last seven weeks. However, he obviously didn’t show the front office enough, as they parted ways with him, only getting a 2020 seventh-rounder in return.
Post-Corey Coleman trade:
Cleveland had 11 first-round picks in the eight drafts between 2009 and 2016. None are left on the team.
I am without speech.
— Peter King (@peter_king) August 6, 2018
Of course, Coleman didn’t exactly have an ideal quarterback situation with the Browns. He won’t in Buffalo, either, given that their QB depth chart is currently A.J. McCarron as the starter, rookie Josh Allen as the backup, and Nathan Peterman third. But the pressure of high expectations is no longer there, and Coleman should have a starting receiver job locked up alongside Kelvin Benjamin.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 7, 2018
Though it may be a long year for Bills fans, it’s kind of a nice situation for Corey Coleman. Outside of running back LeSean McCoy, the Bills can use all the playmakers they can get. Which sets the third-year pro up for a chance at an early career renaissance.