Corey Coleman was the 15th pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Baylor. He was deemed one of the best wide receivers in his class.
4 years later he is deemed as a Browns draft bust and is competing for a spot on the New York Giants’ roster for 2020. He missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL. He was signed off the practice squad after being claimed off waivers from New England in 2018.
In the eight games, he appeared in for the Giants in 2018, he showed his kickoff skillset on special teams. He also showcased his potential to be a deep ball wide receiver.
Now he is entering a stacked competition and learning a new scheme with new coaches. This may be an obstacle for him, but this could be his last shot to make the Giants’ roster.
Why he could make the roster
Corey Coleman comes into a crowded wide receiver room this summer with something that some other receivers do not have: experience.
He is the 4th oldest receiver in the Giants’ locker room as of right now. The rest of the receivers are younger.
Coleman has three years of the NFL under his belt. Though he did not play all of them fully, he showed he can be a weapon when he is on the field.
When Coleman came onto the active roster in 2018, he showcased his ability to be an impact in the kick return game. That was something the Giants struggled within the first half of 2018. His longest kick return was 51 yards against the 49ers. He also showcased the potential to be a deep threat, something the Giants were looking for.
Coleman with potential in the return game and having the potential of being a deep threat could help this offense erupt in Jason Garrett‘s system. He is a proven receiver with some experience that could provide for the backend of this wide receiver core.
Why he will have trouble making the roster
With a debate, come the cons to one’s side. Corey Coleman has not played a full season in the NFL yet. He is mostly known for being a Cleveland Browns’ draft bust. Of course, you can point to the dysfunctional organization, but the players have to make the best of what they have.
Coleman’s best year was his rookie year, 2016. That is where he hauled in 413 yards on 33 receptions with three touchdowns. He only started ten games that year due to a broken hand that cost him a few weeks.
Coleman had fewer yards the next season when he hauled in 305 yards on 23 receptions and two touchdowns. He only appeared in 9 games that year (started 8 games) due to another broken hand, that landed him on injured reserve for a bit.
After showing some potential to be a future receiver for the Giants, he tore his ACL during training camp in 2019,
The point is injuries have riddled Coleman’s career. He has shown that he has trouble staying on the football field. The Giants have Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard to worry about when it comes to injuries. They may not want to take another chance with an injury-plagued Coleman in a new system.