Bills trade for WR Corey Coleman

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The Bills have needed help at receiver, essentially, since Brandon Beane traded away Sammy Watkins. 

Beane struck another deal Sunday to address that issue.

Buffalo acquired wideout Corey Coleman from the Browns for an undisclosed draft pick. Reportedly, it’s a late round pick. 

Coleman was a Browns first round pick just two seasons ago, going 15th overall in the 2016 draft. His NFL career has not come close to expectations. 

He has 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns in two injury marred seasons. Coleman has broken his right hand in mid-September both years and has played a total of 19 NFL games. 

Coleman is 5-11 with blazing speed. He ran a 4.37 40 yard dash at the 2016 NFL Combine. The Baylor grad was the Biletnikoff Award winner as the best college wide receiver in 2015. 

The Browns are flush at receiver after acquiring Jarvis Landry and, assumably, getting Josh Gordon back for a full season in 2018. 

Coleman does come with warts. His 56 receptions come on a whopping 131 targets. Only two NFL players in the top 80 for receiving yards in 2017 caught less than 50% of his targets. One of those players is Dez Bryant, who is currently without a job. 

If the trade is truly Buffalo surrendering a late round pick, then taking a flyer on a recent first round pick at a position of desperate need is a sharp move for Beane. Whether Coleman can actually help the Bills complete more passes remains to be seen. 

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