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Knights in the NFL: Brandon Coleman on the verge of a breakout season

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Former Rutgers WR could be in store for a big season with the New Orleans Saints

Brandon Coleman celebrates a touchdown against Notre Dame in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl
Brandon Coleman celebrates a touchdown against Notre Dame in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl
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Up until 2015 OTA's, Brandon Coleman's NFL career has been somewhat of a disappointment. He left Rutgers early and dropped from being a mid-round pick to going undrafted. After many people projecting him to be an impact UDFA, Coleman was cut by the Saints. Although later signed to the practice squad, Coleman didn't make the 53-man roster until the last game of the season. However, according to numerous sources who cover the Saints, Coleman has taken a huge step forward and is showing great signs of improvement so far.

It was only a matter of time before Coleman got his shot, given that he is 6-6 and has spectacular hands and leaping ability. At times, Coleman was literally unstoppable for the Scarlet Knights. There were plays where Gary Nova or Chas Dodd would simply toss it up near the sideline and he would have 8 inches on the DB and make an easy catch. Coleman did have a few issues, though. He lacked elite speed and route running which didn't allow him to always be a big play threat or be a "Mr. Reliable" type like Mohamed Sanu. He also suffered a knee injury that served as the main reason for his slip out of the draft.

The real issue that I noticed in Coleman's game was the fact that he didn't get the ball enough. Despite all of his "issues" or "red flags," Coleman at times was the best player on the field. It almost seemed as if any of the 4 offensive coordinators he had were afraid to use him too much. The fact of the matter is, if he's unstoppable then there is no reason to not throw it to him 15 times a game.

Rutgers and the Saints (so far) have only scratched the surface of what Coleman is capable of. He has the body and is clearly showing the right work ethic in developing the intangibles and refined skills of an elite wide receiver. Only time can tell if this former Knight can reach his potential and become an NFL star.