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Should WR Corey Coleman be the Next Cowboys Reclamation Project?

Things haven't gone well for since being a first-round pick in the 2016 Draft. have robbed him of a lot of playing time, and now he's an afterthought in the 2020 market for receivers. But given his one-time potential, could Coleman be a solid reclamation project for the WR-needy ?

Coleman, a Dallas-area native who played college ball at Baylor, was the 15th-overall pick in 2016 for the . Despite missing most of the with an , Corey have seven receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his first two games. Unfortunately, he then suffered a broken hand in practice and went out for a while.

That same hand was broken again in Week 2 of the , knocking Coleman out for about half the year. In total he missed 13 games over his first two NFL seasons and was also dealing with an ugly QB situation in Cleveland.

Coleman was traded to Buffalo just before the after being demoted to a backup role. He didn't make final cuts and then got picked up by New England, but was cut shortly thereafter when the Patriots needed to make room for adding .

The Giants were Corey's last NFL stop after New York added him midway through that . He didn't get much time but was expected to move into a bigger role in 2019. But a torn ACL on the first day of ended his season before it began.

You could look at Corey Coleman's first four years in the NFL and easily think that he's a lost cause. But even if he never develops into what many expected back in 2016, could Coleman still provide value somewhere on Dallas' WR ?

Corey Coleman
Free Agent WR Corey Coleman

While the Cowboys still have and as a great starting tandem, the rest of the WR group has taken a hit from . is now with Houston and Tavin Austin remains unsigned.

That leaves a motley crew behind the starters. had one big play last year and little else, and the rest are prospects like , , , and Jon'Vea Johnson.

If Corey Coleman's given a fresh start with a solid QB and new staff, where could he fit in this mix? It's not unreasonable to think he could at least be the fourth receiver, and one with considerably more upside than other options.

Obviously this would just be a hope, but at this point there's no risk involved. Coleman has gone from one of the best receivers in his draft class to a guy. He can't expect anything more than a minimal contract with no guarantees.

The Cowboys have a long of rolling the dice on these kids of players. They just did it last year with Devin Smith, and Coleman has an ever greater pedigree than Smith did.

This idea isn't meant to be an alternative to signing or drafting Randall Cobb's replacement. Dallas still needs to make a much more substantial move to find WR3 and compete the .

But if Corey Coleman still has the potential that teams saw in 2016 then he could be a valuable depth player this season. Given their history with reclamation attempts, perhaps the Cowboys will give Coleman a look.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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