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Week 1 vs. DEN
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 5 targets
Coles would like to forget this game and move on to the next contest. His timing with Carson Palmer seemed to be off, and he dropped more passes than he caught at the end of the day. Coles also seemed to have lost a step (or two) and was seriously outplayed by second-year receiver Andre Caldwell. Palmer only targeted Coles on short routes, but the veteran receiver seemed to be worried about getting his bell rung instead of securing the football.
Week 2 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 1 on 3 targets
Coles had only two receptions against the Packers, but both were key plays. The first catch was a sure-handed third down grab and likely an important catch to settle his mind after a number of dropped passes last week. The second reception was a TD catch after he quickly gained separation on a play action fake inside the five. Coles got the bulk of the snaps opposite Chad Ochocinco in two wide receiver sets, but gave way to Chris Henry in some three wide receiver looks. Coles also had one rush attempt on an end around.
Week 3 vs. PIT
Receiving: 5 / 34 / 0 on 7 targets
Coles was more involved in the offense this week. He showed very good hands on a variety of short routes and was an effective blocker on a number of Cedric Benson's longer runs. He saw many more snaps than Chris Henry did again this week.
Week 4 vs. CLE
Receiving: 2 / 24 / 0 on 6 targets
Coles was targeted six times and got his hands on most of the targets. Two were just out of reach in tight coverage and another was intercepted in double coverage. He continues to get more playing time than Chris Henry.
Week 5 vs. BAL
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Coles was a non-factor against the Ravens. Chris Henry got more snaps than in recent weeks, as the Bengals tried to stretch the field whenever possible.
Week 6 vs. HOU
Receiving: 4 / 40 / 1 on 5 targets
Coles saw five targets, catching four passes. He was open underneath often in the first half and tiptoed along the end line for a touchdown catch after Carson Palmer bought time for him to get open behind the defense. Coles did have a critical third down drop late in the game.
Week 7 vs. CHI
Receiving: 2 / 37 / 1 on 4 targets
Coles had his weekly drop, but he had a nice leaping 29-yard catch in the second quarter, and also drug an LB across the goal line on his touchdown catch.
Week 9 vs. BAL
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 72 / 0 on 9 targets
Coles continues to gain Carson Palmer's trust. The Bengals looked to both Coles and Chad Ochocinco early, with Coles grabbing multiple passes along the sideline. Coles was able to break one long play, but was generally targeted on shorter out routes on quick ins. Coles also had a rushing attempt on an endaround in which he broke several tackles before being brought down just outside the end zone.
Week 10 vs. PIT
Receiving: 5 / 67 / 0 on 9 targets
Coles continues to strengthen his chemistry with Carson Palmer. Coles was Palmer's most targeted receiver against Pittsburgh. He made tough catches along the sideline and when covered over the middle, including on a long 25 yard catch and run in the second quarter to convert on third down.
Week 11 vs. OAK
Receiving: 2 / 61 / 0 on 3 targets
Coles had only two catches on the day but both were big plays. Coles showed nice hands on a tough catch down the seam to convert a long third down. Later in the game, he jumped over an Oakland defender to make an impressive grab along the sideline on a deep fade route.
Week 12 vs. CLE
Receiving: 2 / 24 / 0 on 9 targets
Coles had a hard time getting in sync with Carson Palmer, who was frequently pressured early in the game. Palmer continued to try to get the ball to Coles in tight spaces but was unsuccessful. It also appeared that Coles ran a different route that what Palmer expected on at least two occasions and the passes went incomplete.
Week 13 vs. DET
Receiving: 2 / 25 / 0 on 4 targets
At times, Coles looked disinterested in finishing his routes. It cost Carson Palmer an interception on one play and nearly another on a second route. With the Bengals looking to run much of the game out of power formations, Coles snaps were limited.
Week 14 vs. MIN
Coles' only contribution to the game was an offensive pass interference call on the opening drive. Aside form that, he wasn't even a target of an incomplete pass from Carson Palmer.
Week 15 vs. SD
Receiving: 4 / 48 / 1 on 4 targets
Coles had very few looks in the game, but managed to score once and very nearly twice. He caught a touchdown late in the game with a very nice job of keeping his grip on the ball and securing it against his shoulder while being dragged to the ground. Earlier, he had caught a quick reception over the middle. Had he been able to maintain his balance, it's likely that he would've remained upright and gotten to the end zone. As it was, he couldn't quite keep his balance while spinning out of the tackles and came up well short.
Week 16 vs. KC
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 1 on 4 targets
Coles broke wide open on a shallow crossing route inside the red zone and walked into the end zone for a touchdown. He was also targeted on a long out pattern on the game's deciding fourth quarter drive. For the most part, however, he was a non-factor out of the slot.
Week 17 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 3 / 19 / 0 on 3 targets
Coles caught two short passes and had a spectacular one-handed grab on a long-developing crossing route in the second half.
Week 18 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 6 / 48 / 1 on 11 targets
Coles fumbled early, killing the Bengals momentum from a nice Bernard Scott kickoff return, but he redeemed himself with a nice route against Dwight Lowery in the red zone to account for the Bengals first touchdown. He was targeted frequently for some modest gains before leaving the game with an injury in the fourth quarter.