The Philadelphia Eagles are really looking hard at the free agent wide receiver market. In addition to working out 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman and veteran Kamar Aiken, they’re also reportedly set to host 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman for a visit on Tuesday. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported as much on Monday afternoon.
Coleman, who turned 24 in July, was originally selected by the Browns with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 19 games with Cleveland, Coleman logged 56 receptions for 718 yards (12.8 yards per reception) and five touchdowns.
Coleman clearly fell out of favor with the new front office in Cleveland this offseason. The Browns shipped him out to the Bills for the mere price of a conditional seventh-round draft pick. Then Buffalo turned around and waived Coleman during final cuts less than a month after first acquiring him.
The Eagles are clearly looking for more help at wide receiver with Alshon Jeffery expected to miss more game(s) and Mack Hollins ending up on injured reserve. Taking a shot on a former first-round talent with speed and athleticism might not be the worst idea. Guys like Perriman and Coleman both fit that description.
Another bonus angle to signing Coleman is the Eagles would then have one of the players the Browns ended up drafting with a pick from the Carson Wentz trade. That’d be great for the pettiness of it all.
Seriously, though, one has to wonder if the Eagles’ search for a new speedster is an indictment of their current deep threats, Mike Wallace and/or Shelton Gibson. Both players were held without a catch on Thursday night, although Wallace did get open and Nick Foles just underthrew him. Gibson, meanwhile, only played a mere four offensive snaps despite having a strong preseason. Or maybe Jeffery is going to be out longer than expected?
We’ll soon see what the Eagles choose to do. In the meantime, they added three new receivers to their practice squad earlier today.
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