5 New Orleans Saints on the ‘way too early’ 2016 roster bubble

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Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the bench prior to the Saints
Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the bench prior to the Saints /
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Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) carries the ball as Carolina Panthers free safety Kurt Coleman (20) defends in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) carries the ball as Carolina Panthers free safety Kurt Coleman (20) defends in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports /

Brandon Coleman

It’s hard to imagine Brandon Coleman out of the rotation after a big breakout towards the end of the season. Now, I use the term breakout loosely. Coleman put together over 50 percent of his production for the 2015 campaign (16 receptions, 231 yards, touchdown) over the last five games of the season. That’s including a shutout in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

General Manager Mickey Loomis talked about Coleman’s ability to be the “heir apparent” to Marques Colston during the offseason, but that didn’t stop the Saints from drafting Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas. While a full depth chart isn’t set in stone, Thomas instantly pole-vaulted himself in the Top 3 receiver discussion with Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks.

Coleman’s progression is key here, and he’s going to have to hope that he can show enough over some very hungry players like R.J. Harris, Jake Lampman, and Jared Dangerfield. If not, then he might just find himself on the outside looking in.

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