Saints Will Give TE Chase Coffman A Look At Mini-Camp


With the New Orleans Saints not having much experienced depth past three tight ends on their roster, they brought one more veteran in for a tryout at rookie mini-camp.

Chase Coffman will get a chance this weekend to catch on with the Black and Gold after a less than stellar career in the NFL compared to his college years at Missouri.

During his senior year he became the first Missouri player to win the John Mackey Award, presented each year to the nation’s best tight end.

For his college career he finished with 247 receptions for 2,659 yards and 30 touchdowns.

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He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft and was thought to be in line to have an impact.

Coffman gained some fame on the HBO series “Hard Knocks” when the Bengals were the featured NFL team that year.

He was constantly, but playfully, picked on by tight end coach Jonathan Hayes who actually played with Coffman’s father Paul when both were with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end coach Jonathan Hayes against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

That would be the extent of his fame as he was inactive for the Bengals in 2009 for 12 games before being placed on injured reserve in December.

He then spent the next two seasons on the Bengals practice squad after being waived twice.

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From 2012-2014 he would bounce around from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Atlanta Falcons before finally landing on solid ground with the Tennessee Titans.

Coffman was fined $30,000 by the NFL in November 2014 when during a game against the Baltimore Ravens he hit a member of their coaching staff described as the “cheap shot of the year” by Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer.

After five seasons in the NFL Coffman has only managed 10 receptions for 106 yards and 1 touchdown.

With his prospects not looking too well, this chance Coffman is getting with the Saints could be the final stop in a fizzled out career…

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