Organized team activities aren’t even over yet and there already is a lingering cloud over a position group for the Browns: wide receiver.
Second-year player Corey Coleman, who the team is counting on to be its No. 1 wide receiver this season, will likely be out until the start of training camp after reportedly falling over a football and injuring a hamstring.
Coleman, of course, missed a good chunk of his rookie season last year due to injury, and showed only flashes at the end of a miserable 1-15 campaign. He certainly didn’t live up to his first-round billing. If any player on the team needed as much work as possible this summer, it was Coleman.
After releasing veteran Andrew Hawkins and letting quarterback-turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor leave in free agency, the Browns are curiously thin at a position that could help its group of also unproven quarterbacks. They signed Kenny Britt in free agency to replace Pryor. However, they did not draft a receiver, leaving Coleman and other second-year players Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis and Jordan Payton to fill the void. There is a possibility one or a couple of these players will make a leap in their second year. But none managed to impress last season when given an opportunity.
If Coleman can’t get healthy, and soon, the Browns might have a major problem on their hands when the season starts in September. After all, it’s very unlikely suspended Josh Gordon will be walking through that door, either.