Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Bills' McDermott: Coleman to debut vs. Browns, still 'digesting' new offense

Bills' McDermott: Coleman to debut vs. Browns, still 'digesting' new offense

It was revealed Tuesday night on HBO's "Hard Knocks" that Coleman essentially asked the Browns to trade him after learning he was in line for a reduced role. From Carl Nassib's financial acumen, to more on the Quarterback RV, to Hue Jackson's strength, there was a lot going on in Cleveland. Mayfield was impressive in the first game of the preseason and showed a lot of poise but even so, there is a good chance now that Mayfield isn't even the backup when the season starts. This time, some new characters enter the show.

Last week, Cleveland traded Coleman to the Buffalo Bills, acquiring nothing more than a 2020 seventh-round pick.

First, Cleveland coaches critiqued Coleman for what they perceived as a lack of effort during practice.

Coleman had 56 catches for 718 yards and five touchdowns in 19 games across two seasons with the Browns. In effect, the receiver went to head coach Hue Jackson's office, complained, and then said, "If you don't want me to play, why don't y'all just trade me?"


"He never played for me in a game, (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley) or (quarterbacks coach) Kenny (Zampese)", said Jackson. Coleman suggested the Browns trade him if they didn't want to play him. On Friday, the Bills will come to Cleveland for a preseason contest, with Hard Knocks cameras having reportedly followed Coleman to Buffalo.

Although little fall out from the trade was actually shown, Browns fans won't have to wait long to get their next look at the team's 2016 first-round pick.

Coleman has shown to have National Football League talent, and perhaps the fit just wasn't right.

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