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NFL News: Browns acquire WR Sammie Coates from Steelers

The Cleveland Browns have acquired wide receiver Sammie Coates and a 2019 seventh round pick from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth round pick, which originally came from the Steelers in the trade for cornerback Justin Gilbert last year. In 2016 with Pittsburgh, he appeared in 14 games with five starts, posting 21 receptions for 435 yards and two touchdowns.

Now entering his third season in the NFL, Coates has appeared in 20 games, starting five games over his first two seasons. In his career, he has 22 receptions for 446 yards and two touchdowns. The former Auburn receiver has also averaged 25.0 yards per kickoff return in his career. He has been a bit of a disappointment given his amazing athletic ability and potential. Can Cleveland turn his career around?

The Browns were in desperate need of a veteran wide receiver after the team went through the preseason with not a lot of great play from their crop of receivers. Coates is not really an experienced veteran, but he has received a good amount of playing time over his first two seasons. He is a receiver with the potential to be a breakaway deep threat. At 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, Coates offers the Browns a big receiver with game-breaking speed. What remains to be seen is his ability to hold onto the ball. That has been his achilles heel so far in his professional career. If he can improve on his league bottom catch rate, Coates could see his stock on the depth chart rise before too long.

  • RGB

    A 6th for a warm body at WR and a 7th.
    Meh.

  • mgbode

    I’m with you. Maybe we’ll just hand the ball off to him on end-arounds?

    Pat mentioned Greg Little, I mentioned Vince Mayle. If he can be Little, then OK- whatever (not excited nor upset). If he’s Mayle, then we just wasted a pick for no real reason.

  • RGB

    I watched him play for Auburn, and don’t remember him being a dropper.

  • mgbode

    Wonder if it was specific routes? I try to avoid Steeler games, so I don’t know much on him in the NFL.

    Glad the FO wasn’t satisfied w/ our WR group though as waivers also showed.

    https://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/08182017_seahawksTD_193040-780×545.jpg

  • Harv

    Seattle players are upset about this one, which hopefully is a good thing. But Sashi seems determined not to help Kizer with a proven veteran, which this guy is not. If he was tempted to deviate from formula Dwayne Bowe probably took care of that.

  • mgbode

    Kenny Britt would be the proven veteran brought in, no? There wasn’t all that much to choose from in UFA.

  • Harv

    with that war chest of picks I wasn’t limiting it to UFAs. We’ll see whether Britt’s solid ’16 year was a contract year push after inconsistent seasons or whether his bad preseason was him saving his body. What Kizer really needs most now is not a deep threat but a precise, reliable route runner who will be right where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there. Not a guy who half-asses routes and drops his share. As we discussed on the pod, something closer to a Joe J or Hartline type.

  • RGB

    The HBT steadfastly refuses to sign any oldies, but one reliable vet at WR might do wonders for Kizer’s development.
    No Kenny, I’m not looking at you.

  • RGB

    Jeremy Maclin? Victor Cruz?

  • mgbode

    Cruz has HUGE questions. I agree with you on Malin over Britt but many had Britt higher on FA lists. Same ballpark.

  • mgbode

    Hartline gets way too much praise here unless you are talking his Dolphin years.

  • FishonJon

    I prefer a Brennan or Logan type…

  • jpftribe

    If those are the vet choices then I’m good with taking a chance on a high SPARQ nobody.

  • Pat Leonard

    GET YOUR COATES WINTER IS COMING

  • Pat Leonard

    Maclin has had some injury issues… moreso than Britt. That may have played into it.

  • Pat Leonard

    I have a friend who is a diehard Steelers fan (and actually from Pittsburgh if you can believe it). He said that Sammie Coates didn’t have problems dropping the ball until a hand injury last season. Apparently Coates sliced his hand during a game where he caught over 100 yards and 2 TDs, then wasn’t the same for the rest of the season after they stitched him up and put him back on the field for the second half. I’m crossing my fingers that this was a real reason and that he doesn’t have long-term nerve damage or something.

  • mgbode

    We also then can hope that the reason he didn’t look like himself in Training Camp was because of that knee scope that held him back early.

    Why not hope?

    (if Haden flops & Coates shines… would be so much fun)

  • mgbode

    Fair though they are both in the same bucket to me.

  • BenRM

    Like, isn’t this just the Steelers version of Corey Coleman?

  • Pat Leonard

    We all have so much hope before the first game. It’s a wonderful thing.

  • mgbode

    Yeah, I’m updating that Week 1 piece this week. That should help prepare us all for what is to come.