Coleman and the Patriots agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coleman, a 2016 first-round selection, will join his third team in just over a month after he failed to earn a roster spot with the Bills at the conclusion of the preseason following his acquisition from Cleveland in early August. The Patriots don't have much in the way of depth in their receiver room with Julian Edelman suspended for three more games, so Coleman could have an opportunity to make an impact in the passing game once he gets comfortable with the playbook. He'll tentatively slot in as the team's No. 4 receiver behind Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson heading into the Patriots' Week 2 matchup with the Jaguars.
The Bills didn't pay much -- a 2020 seventh-round pick -- to acquire Coleman from the Browns at the beginning of August, but the team was so thin at wideout that the thought was he could possibly work his way up to the No. 2 spot in quick fashion. He never got up to speed, however, and a disappointing preseason led to the 2016 first-rounder's release. He'll now be looking for a third NFL chance just three years into the league.
Coleman failed to bring in any of his three targets during Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.
Coleman wasn't a lock to make the roster entering the night and he did absolutely nothing to bolster his case before the final whistle blew. However, it would admittedly seem premature for the Bills to cut bait with the 2016 first-rounder before Week 1, especially since Buffalo owns one of the weakest receiving corps in the league.
It remains to be seen if Coleman plays in Thursday's preseason opener, but once he gets up to speed with the Bills' playbook, the 2016 first-rounder will have an opportunity to carve out a role in the team's offense behind top pass-catcher Kelvin Benjamin. In fact, Coleman's speed and current good health, could help him overtake Zay Jones -- the team's previous default No. 2 wideout -- who is still bouncing back from a knee procedure. Meanwhile, Jeremy Kerley profiles as the team's top slot option.
That's quite a small return for the first wideout taken (15th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, but the Browns decided to move on from Coleman, whose two-season stint with the team was slowed by injuries. Once Coleman passes his physical with the Bills, he'll look to secure a key role in his new team's wideout corps, a unit led by Kelvin Benjamin that doesn't possess much certainly beyond that.
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