Corey Coleman
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New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman finally feels comfortable with the NFL team he’s catching footballs for.

Wide receiver Corey Coleman was the top receiver taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Selected by the Cleveland Browns out of Baylor with the No. 15 overall pick, Coleman was slated to be a star. But he wasn’t. Coleman started to become what’s known in sports as a “journeyman.”

Coleman is now going into his fourth season on his fourth team. He was a member of his original team for two seasons before being traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2018 for a 2020 seventh round pick. The Bills cut Coleman less than a month later.

The New England Patriots then signed him in September of 2018, only to cut him less than a week later. The Pats re-signed Coleman a few days after that to their practice squad, then released him a week and a half later.

That’s when the New York Giants signed Coleman to the practice squad and then the active roster in October. And now going into his 2019, Coleman finally feels comfortable with the team that he plays for.

“All that stuff went down. Kinda hard to come in, just learn the playbook,” Coleman told Ethan Sears of the New York Post. “You know what I mean? But I’m past that. I’m happy I’m here in New York.”

Coleman is coming into this season looking to get into the mix of quarterback Eli Manning‘s top targets. According to ESNY’s-own Jason Leach, Coleman took reps as the third receiver for the first-team offense at day one of minicamp on Tuesday. Coleman lined up with receivers Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate.

The former Baylor standout also stated how comfortable he feels coming into the Giants’ fold.

“You come in here, you can be yourself,” Coleman said. “All about winning. Really just finding the right fit for you.”

Coleman proved in 2018 that he can definitely be a receiver that can make the tough catches in traffic. He should be a good complement to both Shepard and Tate. Coleman also showed flashes of being an effective kick returner for Big Blue.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.