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.
Coleman caught both his targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 40-16 win over Washington.
Coleman played more offensive snaps (42) during Sunday's win than in his previous three games in New York. The 24-year-old's increased workload came with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) sidelined. Coleman looked good as a deep threat, averaging 21.5 yards per reception, but with Beckham likely to return against the Titans in Week 15 it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which Coleman attains fantasy relevance this season.
Coleman returned five kicks for 134 yards. The third-year pro showcased some of the athleticism that made him the first receiver off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft during one 40-yard kick return, his longest of Week 12. The former first-round pick still has yet to receive more than one target during a single game in New York's offense, but could earn a stable role as the team's No. 3 wideout if he's able to continue showing well.
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