New Orleans Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Brandon Coleman
It’s year two for the NFL‘s draft class of 2014, and a number of players across the league are looking to take their talents to the next level in their second season. But for many, they’ll be stepping onto the field for the first time, some battling for a spot on their team’s final roster this summer. For example, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman, who surprisingly went undrafted.
With 11 players on the Black and Gold’s roster who are officially entering their second year as professionals, today, we’ll take a look at Coleman as part of our ‘Sophomore Spotlight’ series.
Coleman was figured to be one of the bigger steals out of the undrafted free agent market after the wideout went untouched during the selection process a year ago. He owns (in a tie) Rutgers records for most touchdown catches in a single season (10) and career (20), averaging 19.2 yards per catch in 39 games.
He got off to a slow start at his first training camp, but fortunately for the former Scarlet Knight, 2015 has been a different story since organized team activities kicked off. He’s off to a hot start, impressing the coaches, players, fans and media.
He didn’t play a snap during the regular season of his rookie year, but there was a reason head coach Sean Payton kept Brandon Coleman around on the practice squad all of 2014. Now, the kid’s got a shot to land on the 53-man roster with a prime opportunity to be a major contributor when the Saints take the field for the first time this season.
The 6-foot-6 Coleman would be an immediate threat as a red zone target. In addition to his brimming size, length, long arms and outstanding range, he seems to have finally overcome his dropped-ball problems he faced as a rookie, making him a solid candidate as a go-to big man for Drew Brees to look for in the absence of Jimmy Graham.
Of course, with Kenny Stills out of the picture as well, Brandon Coleman’s chances of landing an extended role with team have certainly improved, but the fight to the the top will not be a cake walk.
The Saints are currently housing 12 wide receivers on the roster, but those numbers will be cut down to no more than six when it’s time to do the trimming. A healthy Marques Colston and second-year wideout Brandin Cooks should be locks at No. 1 and No. 2. After that, it’s up to the remaining to do their part in an uphill battle to make the team. If things go like I think they will, Brandon Coleman should be catching passes from Drew Brees on a weekly basis in 2015. May the force be with him.
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