Corey Coleman

Giants Sign Corey Coleman To P-Squad

The Giants signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to the practice squad, a source tells Dan Duggan of The Athletic (on Twitter). Coleman worked out for the Giants on Wednesday and agreed to join the reserve team on Thursday morning. 

Coleman will offer the Giants some extra insurance after the club lost Cody Latimer to injury. Bennie Fowler was signed to the main roster this week to fill in for his fellow ex-Bronco, but Coleman will be kept nearby if the Giants want to make any more tweaks to the receiver group.

The deal marks Coleman’s fourth team of 2018. The former first-round pick couldn’t catch on with the Bills after being shipped over by the Browns, and he didn’t make much of an impression on the Patriots, but he hopes to have an easier path to the field with the G-Men.

Coleman, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 draft, has yet to outperform his modest rookie season. In that year, he had 33 receptions for 413 yards and three touchdowns. In 2017, he had just 23 catches for 305 yards with 2 TDs, and he’s still waiting to make his 2018 debut.

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Giants Work Out Corey Coleman

Former Browns first-round pick Corey Coleman worked out for the Giants on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. Both New York teams have looked at the wide receiver this week, so his next stop could very well be in New Jersey.

The Giants were forced to place No. 3 wide receiver Cody Latimer on IR this week, so they could use some reinforcements for the passing game. Bennie Fowler was brought aboard to take his place, but someone like Coleman may offer greater upside.

Granted, Coleman hasn’t done a whole lot since since being selected with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 draft. The Browns traded him for a 2020 seventh-round pick in August, but cut him in the first weekend of September. After that, the Patriots added him, dropped him, and signed him to the practice squad before dropping him from the reserve unit on Sept. 29.

Coleman’s rookie season was his best to date, a campaign in which he caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, he had just 23 catches for 305 yards and 2 TDs.

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Jets Meet With Corey Coleman

The Jets will work out free agent wide receiver Corey Coleman, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Coleman will audition alongside Rishard Matthews in hopes of finding a new NFL home. 

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If signed, this will mark Coleman’s third stop in the AFC East after he had brief stints with the Bills and Patriots. He wasn’t a fit for Buffalo’s main roster or New England’s taxi squad, but it’s possible that he could shine in New York given the team’s lack of healthy WR options.

The Browns made Coleman the No. 15 overall pick in 2016, but he has yet to do much at the pro level despite his immense potential. His rookie season was his best to date, a campaign in which he caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, he had just 23 catches for 305 yards and 2 TDs.

The Jets are riding high after topping the Colts in a shootout on Sunday, but they’ll need some more ammo in advance of this weekend’s contest against the Vikings. Quincy Enunwa, Terrelle Pryor, and Charone Peake are all banged up, leaving Robby Anderson, Andre Robbers, and Jermaine Kearse as the last receivers standing.

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Patriots Cut Corey Coleman From P-Squad

Corey Coleman‘s stock has plummeted considerably over the past two months. The 2016 first-round pick had already gone from the Browns’ wide receiver rotation to being traded for a seventh-round pick to ending up on a practice squad.

Now, the Patriots are cutting the third-year wideout from their 10-man practice squad, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).

Coleman wound up on New England’s taxi squad after the Pats cut him from their active roster to make room for his former Browns teammate, Josh Gordon. Coleman did not play in a game for the Patriots this season and is now unattached again.

This marks the third team to jettison 2016’s first receiver drafted. The Bills waived Coleman soon after trading for him. The Baylor product started eight games for the 2017 Browns but managed only 305 receiving yards after showing some promise early in his rookie season.

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Patriots Sign WR Corey Coleman To Practice Squad

The Patriots have signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).

New England originally signed Coleman to its 53-man roster earlier this month, but he was cut when the Patriots acquired another former Brown — the mercurial Josh Gordon — via trade on Monday. Given that he’s only accrued two NFL seasons, Coleman still has practice squad eligibility, and will be given the opportunity to develop with the Patriots in practice and in meetings.

Given the Patriots’ unsettled wide receiver depth chart, Coleman could still conceivably work his way back onto their active roster this season. With Julian Edelman suspended for two more games, New England’s list of pass-catchers includes only Chris Hogan, Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson (excluding special-teamer Matthew Slater).

Coleman, the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft, didn’t produce during his two seasons with the Browns, but that was partly due his suffering a broken hand in each campaign. Cleveland moved on Coleman earlier this year, trading him to the Bills for a 2020 seventh-round pick, but Buffalo waived him before the regular season got underway.

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Patriots To Acquire Josh Gordon

It’s a done deal. Josh Gordon is headed to the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The Pats will send a fifth-round pick to the Browns for the former All-Pro.

Gordon is expected to play for the Patriots on Sunday night against the Lions, Schefter reports (via Twitter). The Patriots will receive a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Browns if Gordon is unable to play 10 games with New England this season, per Schefter (on Twitter).

The Patriots will waive former Gordon Browns teammate Corey Coleman to make room, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).

This trade was initially supposed to be for a sixth-round pick, but with New England not having a 2019 sixth, Schefter adds Cleveland will receive a fifth for Gordon. The Browns wanted to send Gordon to the NFC, and Schefter tweets they discussed the seventh-year wideout with the Cowboys, Redskins and 49ers before the Patriots stepped up. The Gordon market was vast but not flush with strong offers, with Albert Breer of SI.com tweeting a sixth-rounder was set to get this deal done before the Pats agreed to part with a fifth.

The 27-year-old wide receiver recently underwent a hamstring MRI, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that the scan came out fine. That would put him on track to play for his new team on Sunday night.

This ends a six-plus-year saga for Gordon in Cleveland. He’s leaving a team that’s won one game since the start of the 2016 season and heading to this era’s most successful franchise. Gordon could be controlled on his 2012 rookie contract through the 2019 season. He’s set to be a restricted free agent after 2018.

John (Dorsey) got the best he could,” Hue Jackson said Monday (via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com).

Some in the Browns’ organization believe Gordon slipped in his recovery program, per Cabot, who adds it wasn’t Gordon’s hamstring issue but his rampant off-field issues that finally prompted the Browns to cut the cord. They first announced they were planning to cut Gordon. That understandably generated a trade market for the mercurial talent, and Dorsey will add draft capital as a result. Although if Gordon proves healthy and available for the Pats, he’ll be worth more than a fifth-round pick.

But the Patriots are comfortable enough to make a deal. They are getting a player who delivered one of the greatest receiving seasons in NFL history, albeit way back in 2013, and one of the league’s most notorious suspension risks. Gordon’s missed all but 11 games since the start of the 2014 season.

Gordon will add not only to the extensive Browns-Pats pipeline that’s formed — joining Jamie Collins, Barkevious Mingo, Jason McCourty and Danny Shelton among notable players these franchises have exchanged recently — but represent another Bill Belichick reclamation project. He’ll join Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth in that club and represent more risk than each, given his history.

The Patriots, however, could well be facing a closing championship window — with Tom Brady now 41 — and have made 28 wide receiver transactions since the 2018 league year began. They’ve attempted for months to find weapons for Brady; they’ve now landed the most interesting possible piece.

New England is without Julian Edelman until after Week 4 and have been discussing receivers with other teams leading up to their Gordon deal. The former second-round supplemental pick joins a receiving corps headed by Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett.

Belichick will gamble the newest Patriot can stay on the field. Gordon missed all of the 2015 and ’16 seasons due to substance-abuse trouble, incurred a 10-game 2014 ban and did not suit up for the Browns until December 2017 post-reinstatement. Gordon also missed Browns training camp, reportedly checking himself into a rehab facility in fear of another substance-abuse relapse. He also admitted he’d played under the influence since high school, so his future with another organization will be interesting to follow.

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AFC Notes: Browns, Dorsey, Bills, Bell, Texans, Henderson

Browns GM John Dorsey never expected to end up in Cleveland. When the longtime NFL executive was fired by the Chiefs last June, Dorsey was “blindsided” by the move according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. After four seasons in Kansas City, Dorsey was forced out in what amounted to a power grab by Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Dorsey helped turn Kansas City around from a 2-14 team to one with a string of playoff appearances in a row, and even won an Executive of the Year Award with the Chiefs. He’ll now be tasked with turning around the Browns in similar fashion, and walked into a GM’s dream scenario with seemingly endless draft picks and young players to develop. Dorsey’s reign will be closely tied to the development of first overall pick Baker Mayfield. Kay Cabot thinks “Dorsey getting fired by the Chiefs may prove to be the the best thing that ever happened to the Browns”, and while there’s still a lot left to prove, things finally seem to be on the right track in Cleveland.

Here’s more from around the AFC:

  • Speaking of the Browns, when their former first round pick Corey Coleman recently signed with the Patriots, it ended up saving the Bills some money according to Joel Corry of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Buffalo traded for Coleman earlier this season, absorbing all the guarantees left on his contract, but cut him before the season began. Luckily his contract had offset language in it, and the Bills will recoup $592K this year from his deal with New England.
  • More evidence that Le’Veon Bell’s continued absence could hurt his prospects in 2019, as one NFL executive told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that they see “Bell’s move as disrupting the team-first formula they covet, thus potentially affecting his bottom line” in free agency. Bell is undeniably taking a major gamble, and at this point it seems like he may potentially be seriously harming his open market value.
  • Texans’ offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson‘s season ending injury will cost him financially according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). He was due around $100K in per game active roster bonuses, so the ankle injury will end up costing him about $1.5MM over the course of the season. The players union has reportedly been encouraging agents not to negotiate deals with heavy active roster bonuses, as it essentially punishes players for getting hurt.

Patriots Sign Receivers Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler

The Patriots are adding some help to their depleted receiving corp, signing Corey Coleman according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link). They are also adding receiver Bennie Fowler, Field Yates posted in a follow up tweet

Coleman, a first round pick of the Browns back in 2016, had been looking for a new home since the Bills released him at final cuts. The Browns had traded him to Buffalo earlier this offseason for a conditional seventh round pick.

Coleman was always high on talent, but fell out of favor quickly with the coaching staff and new front office regime in Cleveland. The speedster flashed at times, but struggled with hand injuries during both of his seasons with the Browns. He only had a couple of weeks to practice with the Bills, and couldn’t make an impression quick enough to crack the team even on a squad with one of the league’s weakest receiving corps.

The Patriots are very thing at wide receiver, with few proven options behind Chris Hogan while they await Julian Edelman’s return from suspension. It’s a smart, no risk move for New England who will get a chance to develop the first round talent. He’ll slide in behind Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarelle Patterson on the depth chart for now.

Fowler came into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos in 2014. He signed with the Bears in April, but didn’t make their initial 53-man roster.

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Corey Coleman To Audition For Pats, Eagles

Unattached despite being the first wide receiver taken in the 2016 draft, Corey Coleman‘s generating interest from some successful teams after both the Browns and Bills severed ties with him this summer.

Coleman’s working out for the Patriots on Monday and has a visit scheduled with the Eagles for Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (on Twitter).

The former Baylor standout already worked out for the Cardinals prior to Week 1. After seeing two injury-plagued years, the Browns traded Coleman to the Bills for a conditional 2020 draft choice. The Bills didn’t see enough from Coleman to give him a spot on their 53-man roster.

New England is thin at wide receiver but received a quality performance from scrutinized 2015 first-round wideout Phillip Dorsett on Sunday. Philadelphia is without Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins, with the latter residing on IR. The Eagles also worked out Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman on Monday, per Rapoport (on Twitter). Aiken was with Philly during camp but did not make the team.