The Texans have claimed Coates off waivers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. A 2015 third-round selection, Coates made noise with a slew of long gains early in the 2016 season, but then fell out of favor while hampered by drops and injuries the rest of the year. He was traded from the Steelers to the Browns in September and caught only six passes for 70 yards in 12 games with his new team. Coates doesn't seem like a great fit in Houston, where there's more of a need for a No. 3/possession type than a home-run hitter. His best shot at earning a roster spot would be to make a strong impression on special teams in training camp and the preseason.
The Browns have parted ways with Coates, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Pittsburgh's 2015 third-rounder ended up hauling in just six passes for 70 yards in 12 games for the Browns in 2017. He'll look for another fresh start elsewhere, though the 24 year-old wideout has much to prove before re-emerging on the fantasy radar.
Coates, who played just eight offensive snaps without a target during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, finished the season with six receptions for 70 yards. The Browns traded for Coates right before the season kicked off in hopes that the 24-year-old would provide significant depth to a relatively weak receiving corps. However, injuries and his inability to be productive during his limited time on the field completely wiped away any optimism. Coates will enter the last year of his rookie contract in 2018, though his future with the Browns is unclear.
Coates (shoulder) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Coates started the week as a limited participant, but he was able to put in a full practice session Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 24-year-old is unlikely to see an expanded role in Sunday's season finale with the rest of the Browns' receiving corps currently in good health.
Coates (shoulder) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Though he was on the field for just four offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears, Coates seemingly injured his shoulder at some point in the contest. The 24-year-old has six receptions this season and is a non-factor in just about every fantasy format.
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