By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8
One of the perceived strengths of the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp was the wide receiver corps. The offseason acquisition of Jarvis Landry, the reinstatement of Josh Gordon, and the third year of first-round draft pick Corey Coleman had everyone – fans and media alike – projecting good things for the offense.
But last night the Browns traded Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills.
After coming off of the dreaded 0-16 season, the Browns seemed determined to shore up their pitiful offense. Todd Haley was hired as the Offensive Coordinator to free up Hue Jackson so he could focus on head coaching responsibilities. They improved the talent at running back by signing Carlos Hyde, drafting Nick Chubb and keeping last year’s bright spot Duke Johnson Jr.
— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) July 27, 2018
The Browns also upgraded significantly at quarterback, trading for Tyrod Taylor and drafting Baker Mayfield #1 overall in the draft. There was some concern, however, regarding the wide receivers when it was announced that oft-suspended Josh Gordon would not be joining the team for training camp.
Gordon is working out in Florida during a stint in rehab. Had he relapsed with his addiction problems? Was the team just trying to keep him away from the HBO cameras (Hard Knocks – Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns). Speculation has been running rampant for the past couple weeks. But, the news that 2016 first round draft pick Corey Coleman had been traded to the Buffalo Bills for a 7th round draft pick in 2020, which basically amounts to a handful of magic beans, has fans a bit staggered.
For those of us who study Browns draft lore, let’s look at this. They traded the #2 pick in 2016 and moved back a couple times to grab Coleman at #15. Translation: Browns traded QB Carson Wentz for a 7th round pick in 2020. I literally can’t even…
It’s a bit disconcerting considering the few “facts” fans have been given since camp started. First, the pressure was clearly on Coleman to prove his worth and earn his roster spot going into his third season. Browns GM John Dorsey has proven not only to have a knack for finding talent but also to have a no-nonsense approach to keeping players on the team. Basically, its earn your spot or you’re gone.
A 7th rounder in 2020…with the reports coming out of #BrownsCamp that Coleman had been playing much better, didn’t think he’d get traded given our WR depth issue. That must mean Callaway is as good as advertised, that Hollywood is ready for the show and that JG is coming back!
— Toronto Browns Backers (@TOBrownsBackers) August 6, 2018
Second, the reports out of camp have all been good. Everyone has had good things to say about Coleman so far, even pointing out that he was taking all the first team reps. Until Saturday. That’s when he stood on the sidelines and watched Antonio Callaway work with the ones.
I’ve heard far more completion stories between Mayfield and Rashard Higgins or Taylor and Callaway so perhaps it’s just that, while Coleman hasn’t had a bad camp, other guys just plain look better.
Which leads to the inevitable, always positive, drinking the orange kool-aid Browns Fan Take of the Day:
— Cory (@CoryFromPreble) August 6, 2018
And, for what it’s worth, the Browns now have zero – ZERO – players on the roster from the first round of the 2012-2016 drafts.
Let that sink in a bit.
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