Nov 6, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) carries the ball against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) during the fourth quarter at Levi
Brandon Coleman, Wide Receiver
No, Coleman has not developed into “the next Marques Colston” as many had hoped; in fact, he’s nowhere close.
The 4th year receiver from Rutgers has had issues with drops, struggled with his route running, and showed a clear lack of focus at this year’s training camp (after being a camp stud in 2015).
So, why in their right minds would the Saints entertain the idea of bringing the 24-year old back?
Coleman has certainly proven that he isn’t an ideal top 3 receiving option, he still has produced in situations that he hadn’t during the previous 3 years of his professional career.
Coleman has seemed to earn a degree of Drew Brees’ trust, particularly around the goal line. The fact that Coleman is only a restricted free agent at a tender of likely around $600,000 means that the Saints could keep Coleman in the mix to keep the continuity of a young and talented receiving corps very much a team strength.
However, they could also give someone else a chance to become the team’s #4 WR, someone that could be come much more dependable, especially in key situations…..