The New England Patriots worked out former Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman on Monday, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He’s also scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.
Coleman was a first round draft pick just two springs ago, going to Cleveland at No. 15 overall in 2016. He looked like an emerging talent in just his second career NFL game, catching five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 of the 2016 season. But unfortunately, a broken hand kept him out for the next six games and he could never consistently catch on with Cleveland after that.
The Browns traded Coleman to the Bills for a 2020 seventh-round pick in early August, but Buffalo released Coleman as part of their final roster cutdowns on Sept. 1.
Bills GM Brandon Beane told The Athletic’s Tim Graham that Coleman simply couldn’t grasp the offense quickly enough to earn a spot on their team.
“Yeah, you know, Corey, he tried hard,” said Beane. “He really did. Where he came in to learn a new offense, he just didn’t jell. It’s one of those things you ask yourself, “Have we given this enough time?” The talent’s there. Anybody that’s been around the practice field, you see he has a skill set. But we just never were able to make it mesh on the field with him, and it’s a production business.”
If they decided to sign Coleman, the Patriots (and Eagles) would likely have the leeway to give him all the time he needed to pick up the playbook. With Nathan Peterman and raw rookie Josh Allen at quarterback, the Bills have no such luxury.
Coleman could very well have more upside than the likes of Chad Hansen, and would be a long shot to make any meaningful contributions to the Patriots in 2018. But if they wanted to give him a shot at a long-term play, Phillip Dorsett is showing how hard work and patience can pay off.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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