New York Giants: Corey Coleman gone again as practice squad signs TE

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

Corey Coleman hasn’t been the luckiest wide receiver in the NFL, and he was cut for a second time from the New York Giants after missing the 2019 season with an ACL tear.

Following his recovery from that injury, Coleman was cut from the team in September despite reaching a one year deal with the team around the end of March. He did make it back into the organization in October by landing himself a spot on the practice squad, but the Giants moved on from Coleman once again on Tuesday.

The team’s decision accompanies the addition of tight end Nakia Grififn-Stewart, who was on the Minnesota Vikings roster during training camp and spent part of the season so far with the Green Bay Packers. Griffin-Stewart, however, isn’t exactly a well known name within the league and there’s not that much that makes him stand out compared to others at the position. It’s safe to say the Giants are making a depth signing here rather than picking up someone that has a fast track to getting on the active roster.

Coleman, who was released to make room for Griffin-Stewart, has frequently been discussed as a player in the mix over the course of the past two offseasons but has failed to actually make it onto the field and make an impact. In 2019, that failure to get onto the field was because of injury. This year, Coleman simply wasn’t able to beat out the competition to avoid ending up on the practice squad.

After already signing for the Browns, Bills, and Patriots before making it to the Giants, it remains to be seen if Coleman will have another chance in the league after this or if New York was his last chance to make it onto the field.

New York Giants Cut Wide Receiver Corey Coleman

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants officially set their fifty-three man roster yesterday. There were some surprise cuts, like second-year linebacker Ryan Connelly, but for the most part, the cuts were expected. Today, though, the Giants made another surprising roster move, cutting wide receiver Corey Coleman.

Today was the waiver-wire day in the NFL. The Giants claimed three players off of the waiver wire and had one player (Connelly) of their own claimed. The Giants needed to make some cuts to their roster to make room for today’s claims, and they chose to sacrifice Corey Coleman.

Corey Coleman looked primed to man the Giants’ fourth wide receiver position this season. He had been impressive all throughout training camp after fighting back to full health from a torn ACL that he suffered last year. This roster move comes as a huge surprise to most Giants fans, but there could be more to the story than what meets the eye.

What Are The Giants’ Plans At WR4?

Corey Coleman was set to be the Giants’ WR4 in 2020. But the team waived him today, raising the question as to who might man that position now. The Giants now have the following wide receivers on their roster: Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, CJ Board, and Damion Ratley.

Damion Ratley is one of the players the Giants claimed on the waiver wire today. He could potentially fill Coleman’s role as a vertical threat. CJ Board is another player that was impressive in training camp this summer. He earned himself a spot on the final roster.

The Giants have another four wide receivers on their practice squad, too. Training camp standouts Alex Bachman and Austin Mack were both signed to the team’s practice squad, along with Derrick Dillon and Johnny Holton.

There is a chance that Corey Coleman’s time in New York is not over yet. Yes, he was cut from the roster today, but he could actually be re-signed by the end of the day. As reporter Art Stapleton pointed out on Twitter, Corey Coleman is not subject to the waiver wire, since he is a veteran. This means that, after 4 p.m. today, Coleman is free to sign with whichever team he pleases, including the Giants.

The New York Giants have two players to place on injured reserve today: Xavier McKinney and David Mayo. Placing these two players on IR would free up two more roster spots, one of which could potentially be used to re-sign Corey Coleman. This is a hypothetical, though, as it is very possible that Coleman’s time in East Rutherford is finished.

New York Giants: Corey Coleman talks health, receiving core, Jason Garrett

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants re-signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to a one-year deal in free agency. The former first-round draft pick missed 2019 due to a torn ACL suffered in training camp.

The Giants signed Coleman to their practice squad in 2018, eventually promoting him to their active roster. He finished the season with five receptions for 71 yards. Coleman also served as the Giants’ primary kickoff returner in the second half of 2018. He averaged 26.0 yards per kickoff return.

Now healthy, Coleman says he’s “real good” and “grateful” for the Giants training staff (quotes per Giants.com).

“I had a great offseason. I worked hard thanks to the Giants training staff. I feel real good.”

“I’m very grateful. I love this organization and I’m excited to be a part of it, it’s something special. I’m really excited and thankful, to be honest.”

Coleman is part of a receiving core that includes Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, and second-year player Darius Slayton.

Coleman thinks highly of his receiving comrades, as well as his quarterback, Daniel Jones.

“I think every receiver we have in the room has a great skillset. We’re all capable of making plays.”

“Daniel is an amazing guy. He’s a fun-loving guy. He’s great, he’s one of my close friends, too. We talk and stuff like that, he’s very important to me.”

Under new head coach Joe Judge is new offensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Coleman is enthusiastic about Garrett’s presence.

“It’s pretty amazing, he is such a great guy. He coaches us hard and it’s exciting to be with him. He’s a very smart man and he knows what he’s doing. I’m listening every step of the way trying to learn more from him. We’re excited to have him here.”

The Giants open the 2020 NFL season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 14.

New York Giants: Corey Coleman Healthy And Ready To Earn WR4 Position

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants‘ offense has battled injuries over the last couple of seasons. Last year, all of the Giants’ top playmakers missed time with injuries at some point or another. Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepard were all absent at one point or another. All of those players suffered injuries midseason and did get regular-season action. But the Giants have another playmaker on their roster who suffered an injury prior to the start of the regular season, keeping him sidelined the whole year.

Wide receiver Corey Coleman tore his ACL in training camp last year. He missed the entire 2019 season. The Giants certainly felt Coleman’s absence as the season went on, seeing multiple injuries arise in the receiving corps. But entering the 2020 season, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert says that Corey Coleman is healthy and ready to go.

Tyke Tolbert On Corey Coleman

New York Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert spoke with the media today as the team begins full-squad practices. Tolbert has been a coach with the Giants since 2018, making him one of the few coaches leftover from Pat Shurmur’s staff. Tolbert has done an excellent job with the Giants’ wide receivers and has received plenty of praise from his players.

Tolbert discussed wide receiver Corey Coleman today, saying Coleman is “pretty much back to what he was before he was injured.” Coleman has struggled with injuries throughout his career, so it is encouraging to hear he is healthy and ready for 2020.

Tolbert also had this to say about Darius Slayton:

Corey Coleman’s Return

Corey Coleman has been with the Giants since 2018. Since then, he has only been active for 8 games and started in 1 game. Last offseason, former head coach Pat Shurmur expressed confidence in Coleman, saying he had big plans for the receiver. Unfortunately, Giants fans never got to see those plans put into place as Coleman suffered a torn ACL early on in training camp.

Coleman is a former first-round pick that has struggled to stay on the field in his career. He has never played more than 10 games in a season. Corey was electric during his collegiate career at Baylor and has certainly flashed potential in the NFL. But he has never been able to put it all together.

Now that Corey Coleman is fully recovered from his injury, he can finally return to the field and prove the doubters wrong. The Giants have plenty of depth at the wide receiver position. They recently signed three undrafted free agents to compete for the backup wide receiver positions. Coleman will need to impress in training camp to prevent one of the rookies from taking his spot.

New York Giants: 3 wide receivers battling for final spot on unit

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

With training camp a few weeks away, the New York Giants have several positions they need to iron out ahead of the regular season. One unit that will require some attention is the wide receivers, who have one final spot to fill.

Currently, the top three options remain Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton. All three missed time in 2019 due to injury or suspension, but they will head into 2020 with a full bill of health and no disciplinary issues. While the same can’t be said for some other players on the team, the receivers are in a good place and should be prepared to help Daniel Jones build off an impressive rookie campaign.

Here are three New York Giants’ WRs who will be competing for the No. 4 spot:

1.) Corey Coleman

General manager Dave Gettleman seemingly has a soft spot for Corey Coleman. Coleman has been unable to play a full season with the Giants, suffering a torn ACL during training camp last year and playing in just eight games in 2018. His five receptions with Big Blue over two years equates to 71 yards.

There is value to be had with Coleman, who is a former first-round pick and has simply battled injuries throughout his career. In 2016 with the Cleveland Browns, he played in 10 games posting 413 yards and three touchdowns. His play fell significantly in 2017 when he broke his hand and missed the remainder of the season after nine games.

There is no question that Corey contains excellent speed, and if he can remain healthy, I believe he will lock down the number four spot on the roster. However, history indicates otherwise, and the Giants should be prepared to have supplemental options available.

New York Giants: Two Players Bouncing Back From Injury In 2020

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The New York Giants have a very different looking roster than they did last season, with one of the highest rates of player turnover in the league so far, and a number of new additions who weren’t there in 2019 will take the field for the team this fall.

However, those aren’t the only new faces that might show up in the lineup. The Giants have some players who were on the roster last year but didn’t get to play much or at all because injuries took them out early.

Two players in specific stand out a Giants that could make a splash after bouncing back from an injury from last year.

WR Corey Coleman

The team might have a competition at the receiver position if Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate don’t return at the top of their game, and one of the competitors may be Corey Coleman. While Darius Slayton broke out last year and is the obvious choice to have a bigger role in 2020, Coleman is a near unknown factor.

That’s because Coleman didn’t play at all last season, tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp instead.

The 25 year old has three prior seasons before his injury, where his best performance came in his rookie year where he caught three touchdown passes and 413 yards. Not the world’s most impressive numbers, but at this age, there’s still time to improve.

At 5’11”, Coleman doesn’t quite fit the role of a big bodied receiver and is likely to end up in competition with Shepard, who is only an inch apart in height. But this might not be such a bad spot. Shepard struggled last season with concussions, and if he misses time again, the Giants will need further depth to compensate for his absence.

That, of course, is a chance for the previously injured Coleman to play a larger role.

ILB Ryan Connelly

The Giants have another player that didn’t get to do much during the 2019 season before getting put out of action by an ACL tear. That was the fate that Ryan Connelly shared with Coleman, except Connelly was already off to a hot start in the league by the time it happened.

Connelly ended up starting 3 games in 4 overall appearances during his rookie season. He had 20 total tackles and one sack, and it looked like he was set to breathe new life into the inside linebacker position as a recent steal in the draft.

However, the ACL tear ended his hopes of making that kind of impact last season.

Unfortunately for Connelly, he has increased competition now that the Giants have had time to shop in free agency. Blake Martinez is a big name new addition at his position and fans will expect to see Martinez make an immediate and big impact for the cost the Giants are spending on him.

David Mayo also became established in the linebacker group last season, and following the assumption that Martinez is an automatic starter, it looks like Connelly may compete heavily with Mayo for time in the rotation.

Despite this, Connelly still has a chance to make an impact – it’s unknown how fast he’ll get back to his form from the early 2019 season, and it may help to come off the bench this year with others handling the bulk of the snaps at inside linebacker. After all, inside linebacker is known as a position that requires more depth than others.

New York Giants darkhorse wide receiver could be a contributor in 2020

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

With the New York Giants turning over their offensive scheme in 2020 under new coordinator Jason Garrett, some players will benefit more than others. Playing a lot of 12 personnel with two tight ends will likely be a focal point for Garrett, and with injuries plaguing the unit in 2019, having ample depth at tight end and wide receiver is a necessity.

That is why retaining Corey Coleman, previously of the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots makes sense. Coleman tore his ACL during training camp last year, ending his season prematurely in what was supposed to be a bounce-back campaign from 2018 when he was cut by the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots before landing with the Giants in mid-October.

Coleman ended up being activated for the final eight games of the season, and while he caught just five passes, he showed the potential to earn a roster spot moving forward.

Can the New York Giants depend on Corey Coleman next season?

Coleman has dealt with consistent setbacks throughout his career, suffering a broken hand early on in Cleveland and tearing his ACL last year. He has been looking for an opportunity to showcase what he’s capable of, and the Giants continue to give him another chance. He’s a high character player who works hard year-round and considering the number of injuries the Giants endured at the position last season, having a quality reserve option is a necessity.

Coleman’s best season to date was in 2016 as a rookie first-round pick, tallying 413 yards, and three touchdowns. He has continuously regressed leading up to the 2020 campaign, where he will be a fringe roster player who could ultimately get caught in the sweeping cut rounds during training camp.

Nonetheless, Coleman has fantastic speed, running a 4.37 40 yard dash of his combine four years ago. While he is far removed from that accomplishment, Coleman could serve as a special-teams player if not at wide receiver. He’s capable of returning kicks for the Giants, who also drafted multiple players that can take over the role with more consistency. His speed ultimately might be a significant factor keeping in his retention, but nothing is set in stone as he must earn a roster spot before we can guarantee any production in 2020.

New York Giants Announce New Free Agent Numbers

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants announced the numbers that their newly signed free agents will be wearing in 2020. The Giants announced the numbers for ten of the twelve free agents they signed this offseason. The two players whose numbers have not been announced are Corey Coleman and Casey Kreiter. Coleman will likely wear the same number he wore with the Giants the last two seasons (19) but Casey Kreiter will have to find himself a new number. He wore 42 in Denver but the New York Giants have retired that number.

The New Numbers:

James Bradberry- 24

Colt McCoy- 12

Levine Toilolo- 83

Austin Johnson- 93

Blake Martinez- 54

Kyler Fackrell- 51

Cameron Fleming- 75

Eric Tomlinson- 85

Nate Ebner- 43

Dion Lewis- 33

Numbers of Notice:

James Bradberry will be keeping his number 24 from Carolina. The Giants did have a number 24 on the roster in 2019. Rookie safety Julian Love wore 24 after switching from the number 37 that he wore during the preseason. Love will undergo another number change in 2020. After giving 24 to Bradberry, Julian will switch to number 20 for the upcoming NFL season.

The Giants also gave number 51 to new pass-rusher Kyler Fackrell. This number was occupied in 2019- and the twelve seasons prior. 51 was the number donned by long snapper Zak DeOssie since 2007. But the Giants are moving on from DeOssie this season, signing free agent long snapper Casey Kreiter. So, for the first time in 13 years, number 51 will be worn by a player not named Zak DeOssie.

New York Giants To Re-Sign Wide Receiver Corey Coleman

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants are re-signing wide receiver Corey Coleman to a one-year deal, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN. Coleman missed the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL. The 25-year-old receiver suffered the gruesome injury in the first training camp practice of 2019.

The Giants signed Coleman in 2018 after the New England Patriots cut him. Corey Coleman is a former first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He has struggled to find his footing in the NFL and has been on four teams in the last two years.

In 2018, Corey Coleman appeared in eight games for the Giants, starting in one of those games. He was targeted eight times, tallying five receptions for 71 yards and five first downs. Coleman was expected to receive an increased role in the offense in the 2019 season before his injury. The Giants’ offense sorely missed a deep-threat, speedy receiver, a position Coleman could surely fill.

Since suffering the ACL injury last offseason, Coleman has been patiently waiting for a second chance. It seems now that he has received that chance and will have the opportunity to once again fight for a roster spot with the New York Giants.

New York Giants: Corey Coleman Is Looking For A Second Chance

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants had some players perform above expectations and some players perform under them at the wide receiver position in 2019. Darius Slayton notably stepped up and became a bigger part of the offense than most imagined he would be when the Giants drafted him in the middling rounds, while Sterling Shepard missed much of the year with concussion trouble despite being projected as the top receiver going into the season.

One player who fell behind even more than Shepard, however, was Corey Coleman. Coleman had the bad luck of picking up an ACL tear before the season even started, and it kept him out for the entire season – during an important contract year at that. Now, heading into free agency, Coleman doesn’t have the best numbers to show for. He didn’t play for the Giants at all in 2019 and in 2018, he only had appearances in eight games and only caught 71 yards.

Not impressive numbers for a player looking for a new contract soon.

However, while talking to ESPN, Coleman explained that he’s still looking for a second chance in spite of that problem.

“Just give me a chance. I’m not asking for anything. Just a fair chance and opportunity,” Coleman told ESPN. “I have a lot of growing to do, but I’ve grown so much. I look at myself four years ago, OK, I was 20 years old. I was a baby. Now I look at myself and my mind, and the way it works and my work ethic – everything has changed and matured. I got hurt, but I learned so much stuff.”

According to the same article, the Athletic has given Coleman 50/50 odds of returning to the league.

That may be with the Giants and it may be with someone else but with the Giants being linked to a number of receivers in the Draft, it may be more likely that the team finds another receiver for their rotation there rather than by relying on underperforming players like Coleman to step it up.

Still, despite the troubles, Coleman believes he’s improved as a player and spoke of what he’s focusing on.

“I look at my routes. Are they crisp? How am I coming off the ball? Does everything look the same? I’m looking at the defender. Which hand does he jam with? Which way does he step?” he said, when speaking of his focus while watching film. “He steps left, all right. My move.”

There’s no guarantee Coleman ends up back on the Giants this year but if the staff believe his words about improvement are true, it’s hard to rule out also – drafting a good receiver would take a pick that could be used to improve more needed positions, giving the Giants an incentive to stay with what’s already on their roster. And after the availability problems of some players last year, the Giants are likely going to want a rotation of receivers rather than just a few notable starters.

Could Coleman end up in that rotation? That depends on just how much the former first round draft pick has improved since his injury and recovery.