Browns quickly move on from Corey Coleman

Trade creates opportunity for rookie Antonio Callaway, maybe Duke Johnson too

Daryl Ruiter
August 06, 2018 - 3:05 pm
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Life goes on.

With receiver Corey Coleman headed to Buffalo following a trade late Sunday night, his former teammates didn’t have much time to react or dwell on the news.

Another day, another round of meetings and another practice awaits.

“Having Corey in the room it helps us out, but at the same time, now that he’s not here, we have to move past it,” veteran Jarvis Landry said. “We have to move on. We can’t dwell on losing a guy or we can’t... so I don’t see it having any effect on the team.”

Landry, acquired from Miami in March and signed a $75 million extension in April, tried to take Coleman under his wing.

“The biggest thing besides the diet thing, just continue to work hard, continue to grind at it,” Landry said. “It’s a grind, just the little things and think he got a great grasp of that and who knows. Maybe in Buffalo that carries over, that continues to carry over and he has a hell of a career.”

Coleman, picked 15th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, was dealt to the Bills for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick as general manager John Dorsey continues to clean house and reshape the roster.

The departure of Coleman opens the door for rookie Antonio Callaway, selected in the fourth round this past April by Dorsey. Callaway filled in for Coleman, who was limited by a hamstring injury according to head coach Hue Jackson, with the first-team offense on Saturday.

“It gave me confidence to push harder, do the extra,” Callaway said Monday.

Callaway hasn’t played in a game since 2016 at Florida where he totaled 1,399 yards on 89 catches with 7 touchdowns over 2 seasons, but he’ll get a chance Thursday night in the preseason opener at New York against the Giants.

“I’m tough. I’ll be all right,” Callaway said.

Running back Duke Johnson Jr., who has been taking reps with the receivers during positional drills, could also see more targets with Coleman out of the picture.

“I think that trade has nothing to do with me,” Johnson said. “I guess the organization wanted to go in a different direction. Now, the next guy has to step up, regardless of who that might be.”

Johnson, who has caught 188 passes for 1,741 yards and 5 touchdowns over 3 seasons, wouldn’t complain if he were asked to switch roles or positions.

“I’d rather play at wideout,” Johnson said. “I think I enjoy wideout and have more fun playing wideout than I do running back.”

He might get that chance with Coleman out of the picture.