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WR Brandon Coleman - Free Agent

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

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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.

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 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 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 15 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Normally a player does something really good to make this recap list, but this week Coleman is added for causing 3 turnovers by himself. The Saints offense could have easily put the Jets away early and cruised to a victory, but Coleman decided he wanted to make the game closer. Coleman fumbled and lost the ball twice, and had a Drew Brees pass tip off his hands for an interception. Despite the poor play, Coleman still ranked 4th in targets this week and figures to play a big role as long as Ted Ginn is out.

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Coleman entered the statistical column on New Orleans' two-minute drill before halftime, running a short hitch route up the left sideline before diving forward for a gain of five. His second and final catch on his team's final drive, in crunch time, when he sat down in a small void in New York's zone and hauled in a precise pass for ten yards. Coleman was the target deep into enemy territory later in the game, almost making a terrific one-handed catch on his back-shoulder, but the pass fell incomplete and New Orleans settled for a tying field goal. His increased opportunities from last week is a good sign that he's secure on the New Orleans roster, but he's still a distant fourth on the WR depth chart.

2016 Week 3 vs ATL (8 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec)

Coleman sat down in a soft zone with a short hitch in the right seam for a six-yard gain on the team's opening drive. He found wide open grass down the right sideline later on the drive, picking up 28 yards and moving his team into the redzone. Coleman came across the formation midway through the second period off play-action for six yards to move the ball deep into Atlanta territory. He stayed involved late in the first half, running a short hitch route from the left slot for nine yards underneath the coverage. He ran a very similar route early in the third period, sitting down in a soft spot for 11 yards. Another hitch gave Coleman seven more on the following drive. The same route from the opposite side of the formation earned 11 midway through the final period when the Saints were in desperation mode. Coleman wasn't asked to make plays on Monday, rather, he was asked to run to a spot, catch the ball and fall down in place of favored option Willie Snead.

2016 Week 4 vs SD (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Coleman crossed over the middle on New Orleans' first drive of the game, picking up eleven in a small void in San Diego's zone. He didn't receive his next catch until late in the fourth quarter, running a shallow crosser for six yards. Coleman isn't dynamic in any area of the game.

2016 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Coleman's lone catch came late in the first quarter, a short hitch to the left slot underneath the coverage for six yards.

2016 Week 7 vs KC (1 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)

Coleman's touchdown reception came on an extended play in which he was able to find a vacant zone between two defenders for the clutch ten-yard TD reception late in the fourth quarter.

2016 Week 8 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)

Coleman's first action came early in the second quarter, a short hitch route to the right seam for six yards. He showed a lack of awareness, however, falling a yard short of the first-down marker in Seattle's red zone. His second and final catch came midway through the third quarter, a deep pass up the left sideline off a flea-flicker in which he took advantage of Richard Sherman's aggressiveness to run by him for a 38-yard gain.

2016 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Coleman's first catch came across the formation on a short PA route to the left flat, gaining six underneath the defense. Midway through the fourth quarter, Coleman ran a short crosser from the left slot, cutting underneath two teammates before receiving the football on the run to earn 19 yards and easily move the chains. He is the clear fourth WR on the depth chart given Tommylee Lewis' inactive designation.

2016 Week 10 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Coleman's lone catch came midway through the first quarter, a fairly crucial third down conversion in which he ran a vertical route from the left slot. He won outside leverage and received a perfect throw for 19 yards.

2016 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)

Coleman's lone catch of the night came early in the fourth quarter, a fade route from the left slot in which he out-leaped his man coverage for a sky-scraping nine yard TD. He came very close to securing a deep reception on the following drive, but was unable to complete the catch process to the ground to set up a punt.

2016 Week 12 vs LA (1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)

Coleman continued his red zone success with a three-yard TD late in the first quarter, running a slant from the right side of the formation and breaking open in the back of the end zone.

2016 Week 14 vs TB (8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Coleman's first catch occurred early in the second quarter, a quick slant from the left boundary in which he was dealt a hard hit and picked up six. He converted a third-and-short opportunity on an identical route from the opposite side, picking up nine in the process. Coleman provided a safety valve from a scrambling Brees later in the series, gaining nine yards in the right flat. He ran a short crosser early in the third quarter, gaining an easy seven yards underneath soft zone coverage. Coleman made an impressive catch with a defender draped over him late in the fourth, using his ample stature to box out the smaller CB for 16 yards. Coleman responded admirably from an increased role without Michael Thomas, but is a mere possession option rather than a playmaker.

2016 Week 17 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Coleman's lone reception came on a short out route to the right sideline when he was filling in for a shaken-up Willie Snead.

2015 Week 1 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)

Coleman's first target fell incomplete on a play-action rollout from Brees to the right side of the formation. He was able to find the endzone on his next target, catching the ball in the left flat near the line of scrimmage, then proceeding to break a Tyrann Mathieu tackle en route to a diving effort inside the pylon. Coleman caught a three-step slant for just four yards on the subsequent series, but the drive ended when he was unable to reel in the pass on a comeback route to end the Saints' offensive hopes in the first half. The second-year receiver sat down in a void in the Arizona zone for six yards to set up crucial third down midway through the fourth quarter. Coleman found another opening in the defense on an intermediate in-route for 19 garbage-time yards. The Rutgers product did well finding space against a stingy Arizona defense, and made a great play after the catch to get New Orleans in for their only offensive touchdown. Coleman is capable of a big game down the line when the Saints opt to spread a defensive opponent out with the pass.

2015 Week 2 vs TB (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Coleman reeled in his first catch on a deep in-route on an early third-down in the first quarter, finding a soft spot in the Tampa Bay zone for a gain of 22 yards. Coleman's second reception did not occur until there were two minutes left in the third quarter, when he sat down in the middle of the field for seven yards. Coleman fell just short of a new set of downs early in the fourth quarter, falling forward with four yards in the middle to the field. The amount of targets coming his way is encouraging, but New Orleans' offense isn't capable of supporting a player third on the totem pole for targets in terms of fantasy production.

2015 Week 3 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Coleman's only catch of the day came on the team's first offensive drive, a nine yard curl route that moved the chains. He drew two more targets throughout the game, but getting the ball his way was not New Orleans' primary objective.

2015 Week 4 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Other than C.J. Spiller's 80-yard touchdown reception in overtime, Coleman had one of the highlight plays of the Saints passing game against the Cowboys. His first, and only, target came in the fourth quarter on a back shoulder throw down the seam as the Saints moved into range of a potential game-winning field goal. Coleman saw significantly less playing time than Willie Snead as the No.3 receiver for New Orleans this week.

2015 Week 7 vs IND (1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Coleman's lone target and catch occurred on a significant first-quarter third down from the left slot in which Drew Brees delivered a perfectly thrown vertical route for 24 yards. Coleman is a distant fourth option for New Orleans who has faded off radar of even the deepest fantasy leagues with the emergence of Willie Snead.

2015 Week 8 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Coleman's lone reception occurred on a play-action rollout to the right side of the formation as he found an open zone for 14 yards. Coleman has been demoted after an early-season emergence.

2015 Week 9 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

Coleman got into the game early in the first quarter, running a double move to beat Perrish Cox up the left sideline for 30 yards into Tennessee's redzone. Coleman's final statistical contribution of the day came on a designed rollout in which the young receiver was narrowly able to keep his feet in bounds for 28 yards. He's a distant fifth option in New Orleans' passing attack.

2015 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Coleman ran up the field and to the right sideline for his lone catch of the day, a 14-yard pickup. He has faded from relevance after some early season production.

2015 Week 13 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 73 / 1 rec)

Growing as a threat in this passing attack, Brandon Coleman made a nice contribution in a losing effort for the Saints. He made a terrific adjustment to a high and wide pass from Drew Brees early on, snagging it in the left flat, making a tackler miss and taking it up the field for 31 yards. It was a shifty move and a smart play that ignited the offense. Brees was unable to connect with Coleman on a subsequent deep target, the ball just too far in front for him to reel in. His quarterback continued to go back his direction, however, and he was rewarded with a well-designed touchdown. Coleman ran a deep pattern and Brees, fooling cornerback Josh Norman with a pump fake to a swing route, saw that his receiver was wide open. It was a straightforward catch for Coleman, but the design fooled the Panthers.

2015 Week 14 vs TB (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Coleman's first reception came very late in the first half, a shallow slant from the left boundary that picked up six yards. Late in third quarter, Coleman ran a crossing route off play-action before making a nifty move after the catch to pick up 20 yards into enemy territory. His third and final catch of the day occurred when he came back to the football early in the final quarter to catch a wounded duck of a pass from Brees for six yards. He's a distant fourth-option for Brees.

2015 Week 16 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Coleman opened up the New Orleans offense with a reception on their second play from scrimmage, a 21-yard gain up the right seam. His next contribution came midway through the third quarter, a slant route from the right boundary in which he used his big frame to gain inside leverage for seven yards and a first down. A few plays later, Coleman ran an identical pattern from the opposite boundary for seven yards as the Saints continued to target Nick Marshall.The big target stayed involved early in the fourth period with a deep-out route for ten yards and a critical first down. He proved useful as a fill-in for Marques Colston.

2015 Week 17 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 81 / 0 rec)

Coleman broke into the game on New Orleans' third possession early in the second quarter with an impressive back-shoulder adjustment on a perfectly thrown ball down the left sideline for 22 yards. He stayed involved on the following drive with an easy curl-route against off coverage for 13 yards. Early in the fourth quarter, Coleman ran an out-route to the left sideline before Drew Brees dropped a pass in the bucket for 13 yards. Later on the same drive, Coleman found space in front of Atlanta's safety with a deep slant from the left sideline to pick up 21 yards for another first down on third-and-long. He stayed involved on the following down against soft coverage as Brees rolled out of the pocket to find Coleman for 12 additional yards. His receiving day was over at this point, but he suffered a brutal drop on the following drive in wide-open field. Coleman's big body will serve as his biggest chance to stick as an NFL contributor. He has one year left on his contract with the Saints.