As we Who Dats take a break during the bye week, let’s take a moment to give a shoutout to wide receiver Brandon Coleman.
Standing at 6’6″, Brandon Coleman declared for the 2014 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. Coleman went undrafted and was picked up by the Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent. After a year on the practice squad, he finally took the field for the Black and Gold in 2015.
He took advantage of the opportunity and has remained a Saint since. Special teams play, film study and making plays when his name was called has all been a part of the reason he is beginning to have his get on the field.
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As of Week 4 of the 2017 Season, Coleman has 8 receptions for137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those are impressive numbers for the first quarter of the season. Bear in mind that Coleman is the number four receiver on the team.
There are some significant things to be aware of during the course of Coleman’s tenure with the Saints. His career numbers are 64 receptions on 98 targets, 872 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2.25 seasons of play.
Why the praise?
Why all the praise to Brandon Coleman? It’s simple. He’s played a major role in the absence of Willie Snead the first four weeks of the season. His emergence has given Drew Brees another target to share the ball with. And he has given opposing defenses someone else on the soaring offense of the Saints to slow down.
Michael Thomas is the star receiver, that’s a known fact. But, with the speed of Ted Ginn Jr, the excellent route running of Willie Snead, Alvin Kamara playing in the backfield and Coleman playing opposite of Thomas on 4 receiver sets? It leaves a defender on the opposing team exposed, I gua’ran-tee.
Could Brandon Coleman be on pace for a 500 – 600 yard receiving yard season along with 6 to 7 touchdowns? If he continues to show and prove and broaden the chemistry with Drew Brees, success is eminent for this young man.