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WR Brandon Coleman - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 225Born: 6-22-1992College: RutgersDrafted: ---

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Week 12: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Drew Brees returned to form last week as he had his best game of the season, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns while giving up one interception. These are the kind of big games we used to expect of Brees on a weekly basis, but he hasn't had as much of a need to pass this season since the Saints have been rushing the ball so effectively and are finally getting good play out of their defense. Michael Thomas had double-digit targets for the third straight week and sixth time this season as he hauled in six of 11 targets for 91 yards. Brees really spread the ball around last week as four players finished with five or six receptions and between 74 and 91 yards. Alvin Kamara continues to play a big role in the passing offense while Ted Ginn bounced back from a one-catch showing in Week 10 to post 87 yards from six receptions. Colby Fleener had his best game of the season also with 91 yards on five receptions, but he has been a non-factor since back to back touchdowns in the Saints first two games this season. The Rams defense had one of their worst games of the season last week as they gave up 24 points with neither a sack nor a turnover. Coming into last week, the Rams secondary had been playing pretty well as they had at least one interception eight of nine games with just one quarterback passing for over 260 yards against them. They were torched on a few big plays by the Vikings last week, particularly on behalf of Adam Thielen. The big culprit here was slot cornerback Dominique Hatfield, who was forced into the game when Kayvon Webster sustained a concussion in the first half. Webster's status this week is uncertain, but if he sits, this should provide a mismatch opportunity for Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn on the outside. The Saints let Ginn and Thomas alternate sides, so Thomas should see Trumaine Johnson on some snaps as well. Johnson did a great job on Stefon Diggs last week, so this is not as positive of a matchup. Overall, the Rams still have a solid secondary with very talented safeties and a couple of elite interior defensive linemen to apply pressure on the quarterback. While the Rams still may not be able to stop this high-powered Saints offense in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, it still should be a tough matchup on the road for Drew Brees and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CHI 48 0 0 0 1 1 54 0 0 5.4
9 vs TB 30 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 0 0.7
10 at BUF 29 0 0 0 4 1 30 0 0 3
11 vs WAS 52 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0.6
12 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (4 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Coleman is a mere blip on the stat sheet this week with his 1 catch. However, that catch was huge as it came on a 3rd and 13 play and helped to set up a Mark Ingram touchdown. Coleman worked his way across the field from right to left and caught the ball just in front of the safeties. He followed a Michael Thomas block and broke another tackle for 30 total yards. He was targeted 3 other times but failed to make any of the catches. Coleman and Ted Ginn seem to trade big plays each week and it was Coleman's turn to make one against Buffalo.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 54 / 0 rec)

Just like Ted Ginn, Coleman only had one big play on the day. On the third play of the game, Coleman took a screen pass 54 yards down the sideline and helped set up the Saints first touchdown. Coleman easily evaded the diving effort from the first Bear's defender and was only caught from behind as he began to stumble on his own. Coleman had a clear path to the end zone and appeared to simply trip over his own feet as he tried to not step out of bounds. This easily could have been a much bigger play, but still resulted in a Saints' touchdown. Coleman was not targeted again in the game and continues to serve a similar role to Ted Ginn.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)

With all the big-name weapons for the Saints, it is nice to see someone else score from time to time. Coleman was a non-factor for most of the game, except for his touchdown catch. Drew Brees was able to freeze the corner with a pump fake and then lay the perfect pass into Coleman's arms in the end zone before the safety could get over to cover. This 22-yard catch accounted for more than half of Coleman's yards on the day and helped lead the Saints to their fourth straight win.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 4 / 82 / 1 rec)

Brandon Coleman has a big game today as he was the main beneficiary of the Patriots fixation on Michael Thomas. Coleman scored on a perfectly thrown outside shoulder fade and also connected with Brees on a 42-yard run and catch to help set up a field goal. Coleman received the third most targets on the team but most importantly was able to cash one of those in for a touchdown. As teams begin to throw additional coverage on Thomas and Fleener it appears it will big a mix of Coleman, Tommylee Lewis, and Ted Ginn who receive the additional targets.


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