Entering Year 2 in the NFL, the 2017 season will be quite an important one for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman. After totaling 33 receptions (on 73 targets) for just 413 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season after missing six games due to a broken hand, the former Baylor standout has plenty to prove.
After the Browns decided to not re-sign Terrelle Pryor and instead signed Kenny Britt, it seemed as though they believed Coleman could be the downfield play-maker in 2017 that they hoped he could be when they drafted him.
After head coach Hue Jackson named rookie DeShone Kizer the starting quarterback for the regular season, Coleman opened up about the relationship he has with Kizer, one that is quickly growing and becoming better and better.
Here’s what he had to say about the rookie quarterback, per clevelandbrowns.com’s Patrick Maks:
“That’s my guy,” Coleman said. “We’re trying to think one game at a time, we’re trying to keep performing at a high level,” he said, “but it can be a very bright future for both of us if we keep on doing what we need to do.”
If the Browns are to show development and have some success in 2017, Kizer and Coleman will figure to be two players that must do well on offense in order to make that happen. While Coleman missed OTAs due to a hamstring injury, he has showed some promise throughout the preseason, especially when Kizer is his quarterback.
While their relationship becomes closer and closer, the two had their best game together during the Browns third preseason game in Tampa Bay this past Saturday. Coleman had four catches (three on third down) for 62 yards. Here’s the two connecting on a pass and catch in the game:
While Coleman is excited for his bond with the rookie quarterback to grow this fall, you could also expect that the two will continue to play better together as their friendship strengthens.
Both of them have plenty to prove in 2017 and Coleman believes that they each could have a bright future if things go the way he expects them to.
“We’re trying to think one game at a time, we’re trying to keep performing at a high level,” the wide receiver said. “But it can be a very bright future for both of us if we keep on doing what we need to do.”
Coleman, who trained with Kizer throughout the summer, is excited for the rookie and had nothing but positive things to say about his quarterback after Kizer was named the starting quarterback.
“We were just talking about our goals and stuff and it’s just really exciting to see him,” said Coleman. “He’s the starting quarterback now … just to see how he’s taken all of it. We just talked about this, and it’s crazy.”
“He’s really poised for him to be so young, tremendous leadership, the way he carries himself he’s a true professional,” he said. “That’s my guy, I’m happy for him.”
There may be plenty of questions going into the upcoming season, but it doesn’t seem as though anyone can question the bond between Coleman and Kizer. If Coleman has success, Kizer most likely will too, and vice versa. With the regular season fast approaching, Coleman is looking forward to having the rookie quarterback behind center and to see how far he can take the Browns going forward.
“I’m excited for him. I’m just ready to see how far he keeps on going.”
Keep in mind, the Browns seem to be in search of another wide receiver because of their lack of talent currently at that position. If Coleman can show that he can succeed with Kizer that would give Cleveland a tremendous weapon on the outside for the foreseeable future.
Cleveland hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season opener on September 10. It will be quite the game for Kizer to make his NFL regular season debut in, but it seems as though he will be ready and prepared, at least according to his friend and wide receiver.