Training Camp Roster Preview: WR Corey Coleman
Sometimes life in the NFL can be cruel.
That's what receiver Corey Coleman found out during what ultimately became a massive fall from grace.
A first-round pick (15th overall) of the Browns in 2016, Coleman struggled to find his niche at the NFL despite having been gifted with blazing speed and decent hands.
He suffered a hand injury in 2016 which he went on to break in 2017. He underwent surgery to repair his hand in September 2017 and landed on injured reserve after being given a 6-8 week recovery period.
He was activated in November of that season, but things didn't improve much for Coleman.
The following year, he was traded to the Bills during training camp in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick. Coleman didn't last long; the Bills let him go during the final roster cut down.
Coleman then made a one-week stop with the Patriots in September before once again being kicked to the curb.
The following month, he signed with the Giants practice squad. New York promoted him to the active roster a few weeks later, and although Coleman didn't have many opportunities, he showed enough to warrant being brought back.
Coleman's prospects for that NFL career his talent suggests he can have are starting to shape up.
"He added some dynamic plays to our return game," head coach Pat Shurmur said when asked what Coleman showed in the short time he was with the Giants last year to warrant being brought back.
"He was able to come in and help the return game. He was basically on kickoffs, and then he worked on his punts."
Coleman also proved to be a fast learner, picking up what he needed to to help the offense, where this year, after putting in a full off-season to learn the intricacies of the playbook, Shurmur believes Coleman will be able to do even more.
"He’s getting more and more comfortable now," he said. "I think him having had the full process, we are going to see the best of him. He’s the first one to tell you when he came in the league, he had a lot to learn. Now he’s got an opportunity to be a front-line player."
Coleman, who is competing for the third receiver spot behind projected starters Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, is in direct competition with rookie Darius Slayton and veterans Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer for the job.