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.