Coleman should have an opportunity to compete for the No. 3 job at wide receiver, Ralph Vacchiano of Sportsnet New York reports.
Despite catching just five passes in eight games for the Giants last season, Coleman was tendered for $2.025 million as a restricted free agent in March. The decision hints at some degree of belief in the 24-year-old wideout, though it may be a matter of theoretical upside and special teams contributions rather than any expectation of pass-catching productivity. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are locked in as the Giants' top wide receivers, but neither can replace Odell Beckham as a downfield threat. Coleman obviously can't either, but he at least has similar traits to take the top off a defense if he can stay healthy and earn regular snaps. With no indication his Week 17 foot injury was serious, the 2016 first-round pick should head into the offseason program competing against Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler, with the potential for a rookie or two to join the mix come May.
New York reportedly utilized an original-round tender on Coleman worth a non-guaranteed $2.025 million, according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic. Though Coleman only appeared in eight games with the team, the Giants apparently were impressed by what he was able to do as a depth wideout and return man. Given the compensation another team would have to submit for his services, Coleman is highly likely to return to New York in 2019.
Coleman did most of his damage as the Giants' top return man, averaging 26.0 yards on 23 kick returns, but did look solid when called upon as a depth receiver. He also carried the ball once for five yards. The 2016 first-round pick began what was a tumultuous 2018 season by being traded to the Bills, then had two stints on New England's practice squad without cracking the active roster, and finally carved out a role in New York on Oct. 25. It seems unlikely that Coleman will live up to his draft capital any time soon, but he managed to showcase some explosiveness in the regular season and is worth keeping an eye on. Coleman is set to become a free agent this offseason, and picked up a foot injury during a season-finale loss to the Cowboys.
Coleman underwent an MRI on the foot injury he suffered during Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Coleman took a long and winding road from Cleveland to New York in 2018. First, the Browns dealt him to the Bills on Aug. 5, but he didn't do enough to earn a spot on the latter's 53-man roster. He followed that up with two stints on the Patriots' practice squad in September and one week on the Giants' practice squad in October before being promoted Oct. 25. From that point through the end of the year, he was active for the final eight games, gathering in five of eight passes for 71 yards, logging one carry for five yards, averaging 26.0 yards on 23 kick returns, and returning one punt for 19 yards. In the offseason, Coleman will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Giants can match any offer that he receives, barring a physical.
Coleman recorded one reception for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the Titans.
Coleman plays a larger role on kick returns than he does on offense, as he racked up 91 return yards Sunday. However, with Russell Shepard (ankle) and Odell Beckham (quad) battling injuries, there's a chance Coleman could see expanded reps on offense Sunday in Indianapolis.
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