Giants' Corey Coleman, free-agent receiver, just wants a 'fair chance'

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At some point this offseason, the news probably will come across that wide receiver Corey Coleman has been signed as a free agent -- either by the New York Giants or another team. It might cause a few heads to turn, if only because once upon a time, Coleman was a highly regarded first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns.

The modest recognition of the move will stem from his name and talent; not his on-field play. Coleman has traveled a bumpy road since being selected No. 15 overall in the 2016 NFL draft, and his career receiving production (61 catches, 789 yards and 5 TDs) in 27 games is comparable to backups such as New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead and Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle. Coleman, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is coming off a knee injury that cost him the 2019 season, when he was in the best shape of his life and in position to be the Giants' No. 3 receiver.

He will get another chance. He's seven months removed from a torn ACL and freely cutting and running routes in Dallas with other wide receivers (including Dez Bryant). Doctors have told Coleman there is no reason he can't physically return to his previous form.

"Just give me a chance," Coleman said this week about his impending free agency in a phone interview with ESPN. "I'm not asking for anything. Just a fair chance and opportunity."cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The league remains intrigued. Coleman is a reclamation project that should cost little with a potentially high reward.

One NFL executive predicted Coleman would receive a minimum salary deal, perhaps with an injury split that protects the team financially from another injury.

"Somebody is going to give him an opportunity, even if he has to go on the workout junket for a little bit," a pro personnel scout with an NFC team said. "I would be very surprised if he doesn't get that opportunity. But, he is running out of time. This might be the last chance."

Coleman says he expects to be back for organized team activities this spring and is confident he can be the player most expected he would be coming out of Baylor. He says he hopes his return can be with the Giants.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Coleman has a strong relationship with general manager Dave Gettleman and recently had a good conversation with coach Joe Judge. He hasn't forgotten it was the Giants who took a chance on him when things fell apart in Cleveland. He never got onto the field during stints with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, and it was the Giants who gave him an opportunity by signing him to their practice squad midway through the 2018 season.

The Athletic reported that a source put Coleman's odds of returning at "50-50."

Coleman says he is open to anything in free agency, as long as it comes with a chance to show who he really is as a player.

He is rehabbing and working out each morning and afternoon, doing gymnastics to strengthen the muscles around the knee and increase his explosiveness without the traditional pounding.

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