Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman still on thin ice?
By Randy Gurzi
Mary Kay Cabot talks about whether or not Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman can redeem himself, which begs the question of if he’s on thin ice after the way 2017 ended
Since being drafted at No. 15 overall out of Baylor in 2016, wide receiver Corey Coleman has failed to live up to expectations for the Cleveland Browns. Not all has been on him, but excuses — no matter how valid — rarely fly in the NFL.
Coleman has dealt with a broken hand in each of his two seasons, which has slowed his development. It’s also no secret that there hasn’t been consistent play out of the person throwing him the ball.
While the injuries were of freak variety and shouldn’t be a long-term issue, Coleman hasn’t done much to endear himself to fans in his first two seasons.
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The best example of this was him dropping the pass that could have kept their hopes alive late in the final game of the season as Cleveland tried desperately to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers backups.
That play hurt his image, and now Mary Kay Cabot asks if he can get back in the good graces of the team.
"“Coleman’s first two seasons were marred by broken hands, but he also hasn’t demonstrated the leadership or work ethic the Browns expect from a top 15 pick. Hopefully for him and for the Browns, his drop with the game on the line in the season finale in Pittsburgh proves to be a turning point for him. But Coleman has a huge strike against him in that he was the first pick of the Sashi Brown era, and new GM John Dorsey has already made it clear he’s not enamored with the acquisitions from those two years.” — Cabot, Cleveland.com"
Coleman has immense potential, but do the Browns want to wait around and see him realize it? The answer will probably start to become clear as the season begins.
As Cabot said, general manager John Dorsey isn’t a fan of players drafted by his predecessor Sashi Brown. He’s been willing to move on from any of them and there’s nothing making him feel any loyalty to Coleman.
There were rumors he could be on the trade block in the offseason, which means Coleman does have to stand out in order to be there after this season.
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Fair or not, he’s probably on thin ice with Dorsey and if he can’t put his key drop in Week 17 out of everyone’s mind, it could be a long season for the former first-round pick.