Corey Coleman

Extra Points: Sproles, Coleman, Broncos, Raiders

Veteran free agent running back Darren Sproles has been limited to only nine games over the past two seasons. Therefore, as the 35-year-old continues to search for his next gig, he’s seemingly focused on two things: playing in all 16 games and climbing up the all-time lists.

“That’s my whole thing,” Sproles told Dr. David Chao of the Pro Football Doc podcast (via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philly). “I want a full year. I want to get up to top-four or top-five in all-purpose yards, like ever. Right now, I’m number six. If I would have played a full year last year, I’d be number four right now.”

Sproles currently has 19,520 all-purpose yards, trailing Jerry Rice (23,546), Brian Mitchell (23,330), Walter Payton (21,803), Emmitt Smith (21,564), and Tim Brown (19,682) on the all-time list.

Let’s check out some assorted notes from around the NFL…

  • Former first-round wideout Corey Coleman has compiled less than 800 receiving yards since entering the league, and he’s played with four teams in three seasons. However, the Giants receiver remains confident. “You haven’t seen the best of Corey Coleman yet,” the receiver told Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com. “I feel like I’m getting better and better, and I’m just trying to stay humble and do what they ask of me. I’m happy to be here, and I’m not worried about what happened and didn’t happen in the past. I don’t look back in time. I’m comfortable with this team and in this offense, and I’m excited to show everything people thought I could do and I know I can still do in this league. Nothing’s given to you, and it’s my job to prove it.”
  • Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post gave his early projections for the Broncos‘ 53-man roster. The writer believes the team will keep a pair of quarterbacks (Drew Lock and Kevin Hogan) behind starter Joe Flacco, forcing Brett Rypien to the practice squad. Other notable predictions include the decision to keep two fullbacks (Andy Janovich and George Aston) and cut former second-round defensive end DeMarcus Walker.
  • Raiders first-round safety Johnathan Abram is already making a name for himself in OTAs. As Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area writes, the rookie has been working alongside Karl Joseph as a starter, and his confidence has been noticed by his teammates. “I’m always going back and forth a lot. He likes to talk, and I love it,” linebacker Tahir Whitehead said. “He’s a young guy coming in showing how confident he is. I love that. We can build off of that. We need more guys with belief in their skill set and bringing that attitude to the entire team. That’s going to take us a long way.”

Giants WR Corey Coleman Signed New Deal

Although original reports indicated Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman had signed his original round restricted free agent tender for the 2019 season, he actually agreed to a new one-year deal worth only $720K, according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic (Twitter link). However, despite the fact that his RFA tender would have been worth $2.025MM, Coleman won’t end up losing any money.

As a former first-round pick, Coleman’s rookie deal was fully guaranteed. The Bills, who acquired Coleman from the Browns last year before subsequently releasing him, are still responsible for the $2.039MM that Coleman has guaranteed for the 2019 campaign. Therefore, Coleman will now collect $720K from New York and roughly $1.3MM from Buffalo, per Duggan,

Here’s where things get interesting: Coleman’s new pact with the Giants also contains approximately $1.7MM in incentives, reports Duggan. Thus, the 24-year-old pass-catcher can actually earn more than $2.4MM if he maxes out his incentive-based pay. If the Giants release Coleman before the regular season begins, they won’t owe him any money, and the Bills would be responsible for the totality of his remaining guarantees ($2.039MM).

The 15th overall selection in the 2016 draft, Coleman appeared in eight games for the Giants in 2018. While he managed only five receptions on eight targets, Coleman could have a path to playing time next season on a New York depth wide receiver depth chart that is relatively barren behind Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 4/17/19

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Signed: OL Brant Weiss (Alliance of American Football)

Chicago Bears

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Giants Tender WR Corey Coleman

The Giants aren’t letting Corey Coleman get away. On Thursday, the G-Men applied the original round tender to the former first-round wide receiver, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

Because Coleman was a first-round selection, another team would have to give the Giants a first-round pick in order to sign Coleman and nullify his one-year, $2.03MM offer sheet. Needless to say, no team will be willing to pay that price for the Baylor product.

The Browns made Coleman a first-round pick in 2016, but he didn’t do a whole lot at the NFL level. As a rookie, he recorded 33 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns, all of which still stand as career highs. After bouncing around with the Bills and Patriots, he hooked on with the Giants’ practice squad in October. He was quickly promoted to the varsity squad and recorded five catches for 71 yards across eight games. Coleman also averaged 26 yards on his 23 kickoff returns last year, so he figures to have a role on special teams in 2019.

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/6/19

Here are today’s restricted free agent and exclusive-rights free agent tender decisions:

RFAs

Tendered at original-round level:

ERFAs

Tendered:

Non-tendered:

Giants Promote Corey Coleman

The Giants promoted wide receiver Corey Coleman from the practice squad on Thursday morning. Coleman will take the roster spot left by the trade of defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Lions. 

In the last three months, Coleman has moved between four different NFL teams. After being traded by the Browns and going through a pair of uneventful stints with the Bills and Patriots, Coleman is itching to prove himself.

The Giants recently lost Cody Latimer to injury, and the club could be without Russell Shepard and Jawill Davis this week. Although he had much time to learn the playbook, Coleman could have a chance to see the field this Sunday when the Giants face the Redskins.

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 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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NFL Workout Updates: 10/9/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit, courtesy of veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans