Cleveland Browns: 5 Wide receiver free agents targets in 2018
By Randy Gurzi
3. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams, 24 years old
One thing the Cleveland Browns wanted when they drafted Corey Coleman in the first-round of the 2016 NFL Draft was a player that could stretch the field. While at Baylor, Coleman was a highlight waiting to happen. Despite being less than 6-foot tall, Coleman was able to come up with one big play after another.
In two seasons with the Browns, he has struggled to do the same. He played just 10 games as a rookie and nine as a second-year pro. In that time, he’s brought in only 56 catches on 131 targets. Coleman also averages just 12.8 yards per catch, which is nothing close to a deep threat.
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Maybe they can look for another guy to stretch the field in free agency, like Sammy Watkins. The Los Angeles Rams picked him up from the Bills in preseason and he provided them with 15.2 yards per grab and eight touchdowns.
Career Receptions: 192
Career TDs: 25
The problem was he only had 39 catches on the year. Watkins has not developed into the No. 1 target the Bills hope he would, but he does have elite speed. In four seasons, Watkins averaged just under 16 yards per catch and has 25 touchdowns. He won’t be one of the best in the game, but he could provide a guy that forces safeties to back off.