From anthem protests to domestic violence to President Trump and from looming labor disputes to CTE, the NFL is at a crossroads regarding its future.
Last summer, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane traded away the team’s best wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, in a surprising move that turned training camp on its ear.
Sunday night, Beane did the opposite and brought in a wide receiver who he hopes will come to training camp, perhaps as early as Monday, ready to upgrade what some believe is the weakest position group on the team.
Beane sent a 2020 seventh-round draft pick to Cleveland for Corey Coleman, who was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2016 out of Baylor. However, he played in only 19 games because he broke the same hand in each of his two years in Cleveland. He made 18 starts and caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns.
Interestingly, the trade comes on the same day that the player who was Buffalo’s No. 2 receiver last season, Zay Jones, returned to the practice field for the first time since January. Coleman figures to provide immediate competition for Jones behind No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
Playing in Baylor’s pass-happy offense, Coleman was the 2015 Biletnikoff winner as the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver. That season, he had 20 touchdown receptions which led all of Division I. He is also Baylor’s career TD leader with 33, and during his three seasons, he caught 173 passes for 3,009 yards.