Coleman Limited in First Practice With Bills

McDermott doesn't say whether he'll play tomorrow night

August 08, 2018 - 5:39 am

BUFFALO (WBEN) - The Bills acquired wide receiver Corey Coleman from the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night, and yesterday, he made his first on-field appearance with the team.

It's still not clear if Coleman will be in the lineup tomorrow night against the Carolina Panthers. Regardless of how quickly he can get into game action, there's no denying that the third-year receiver and former first-round draft pick is excited to start his career over.

"Every day I wake up and I feel like I got something to prove," said Coleman. "This is a huge opportunity for me, and I'm blessed to be here, and I'm ready to rock with the Buffalo Bills."

An adjustment period is expected for new players, as they have to learn a new system. However, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll says the staff is really going to try and help him along the best they can.

"It's kind of a give and take," said the first-year offensive coordinator. "They come in from different systems or different places. They're not rookies, but there is a lot to learn - a new acclimation period, a new playbook, new people - but we'll work as hard as we can to get him up to speed."

Sean McDermott weighed in on the acquisition, and he says Coleman will provide an element to the offense that is lacking.

"Sometimes there's an element of scheme baked into those decisions of what that person could do to the defensive scheme," said McDermott. "Speed is dangerous. It opens up the defense a little bit for other things. That element is important. Speed is not the only thing, but it certainly helps."

Considering things didn't pan out perfectly in Cleveland, as he was injured twice and had a tough time producing on the field at the rate expected of a top draft pick, Coleman says his goal is to prove the Bills were right in betting on him.

"It feels good to be wanted," he said with a chuckle. "I don't want to let them down. They have trust in me, and I really don't want to let them down, I want to make them right. I'm going to work my tail off to come here and do everything that I need to do and help some of the younger guys too. We've got a young receiver room, so me going in my third year, I can help a lot of guys out."

The Bills are not practicing today due to tomorrow's first preseason game against the Panthers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at New Era Field.

"I think this is going to be my spot," said Coleman. "I hope, for the rest of my career, that I'm a Buffalo Bill."

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