In two seasons, Coleman has 56 catches for 718 yards and 5 touchdowns, and he is missed 13 video games with accidents.
The lingering picture of him from 2017 got here within the season finale, when a fourth-down throw went by means of his fingers as he stood by himself on the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ 10-yard-line. Had Coleman made what was a straightforward catch, the Browns would have had 4 extra downs to keep away from a winless season.
As a substitute, Coleman sat forlorn on the bottom, a consultant image of the 2017 Browns.
Within the draft, the Browns took a fourth-round likelihood on a troubled however proficient participant once they chosen receiver Antonio Callaway. Common supervisor John Dorsey mentioned Callaway’s expertise was worthy of the primary or second spherical.
What does Callaway imply for Coleman?
That can be an attention-grabbing query to see answered. The 2 are very comparable type gamers.
Callaway stands 5-foot-11 and 200 kilos. He ran a four.41 40 at his professional day.
Coleman is 5-foot-11 and 194 kilos. He ran a four.37.
Each are quick, quick, stocky guys who in principle are wonderful at run after catch.
And each have been useful as kickoff and/or punt returners.
Each have comparable abilities. Each have some off-field points.
One key distinction within the two: The Browns’ persistence in ready for Coleman to emerge is being pushed. Callaway is being given a recent begin.
Any uncertainty about Coleman’s future revolves round his manufacturing. In two seasons, he is been focused 129 occasions and caught 56 passes, or 43 p.c. One 12 months in the past within the offseason, coach Hue Jackson mentioned the 2017 season was time for Coleman to step up. He did not. Coleman struggled with a rookie quarterback, and the numbers in all his main statistical classes went down. He performed in 9 video games, and completed seventh on the workforce in receptions, behind Rashard Higgins (who was re-signed after being reduce on the finish of coaching camp) and Ricardo Louis.
To say that it is put-up or shut-up time for Coleman is just not an exaggeration. The Browns drafted Callaway and took the chance they did together with his background for a cause: They imagine he can play.
There’s one vital qualifier, although. To say Callaway is prepared is untimely. Callaway did not play in 2017 and hasn’t performed in a recreation since Jan. 1, 2016. He has so much to study and a protracted method to go.
To say Callaway will mechanically pressure his manner on the roster is just not reasonable. But when Callaway does emerge within the offeseason and particularly in preseason, it will likely be attention-grabbing to see if it ripples to Coleman. Then once more, Coleman can put this all to relaxation together with his play on the sector.
One actuality of the numerous regimes within the post-1999 tenure of the Browns hovers, nonetheless: A participant drafted by the regime in management has an edge over any holdovers, particularly when the holdover’s manufacturing has been missing.