Three reasons the Cleveland Browns traded Corey Coleman

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GREEN BAY, WI – NOVEMBER 06: Jeff Janis #83 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field on November 6, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Dorsey’s guys at bottom of depth chart

Entering training camp, there were eight wide receivers capable of making the final 53-man roster. Most teams carry only five wide receivers during the regular season, but will sometimes carry six.

Dorsey made a lot of moves in the off-season to improve the wide receiver room. He added Landry, Callaway, Jeff Janis, and Damion Ratley. It is unlikely that he is going to want to get rid of players that he just acquired this year.

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If Dorsey would have kept Coleman on the roster, it would have decreased the chances of Janis and Ratley making the team out of camp.

Janis has been injured for most of camp and has not practiced a lot with the team. Coming from Green Bay as a free agent, the Browns front office has a lot of connections with the wide receiver.

Two key members of Cleveland’s personnel staff, Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith, were with the Packers when Janis was acquired. They are obviously very high on Janis, as they decided to bring him to Cleveland.

Janis is not a game-breaker at wide receiver, but is a very good special teams player. Janis brings more value to the team than what Coleman could have done for the team.

Also, the Browns would have a tough decision regarding what to do with Ratley. A sixth-round pick in this past year’s draft, Cleveland’s front office seems high on Ratley’s potential. Had they kept Coleman on the roster, the Browns would have risked putting Ratley on waivers in order to place him on the practice squad.

Moving Coleman allows the Browns to keep both Janis and Ratley on the roster, if the team carries six receivers. But with what Janis can do on special teams, they may not need that extra spot at another position.