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Bobby: Brandon Coleman squarely on Saints bubble

Bobby Hebert
June 22, 2018 - 2:51 pm

With a crazy amount of depth in the receiving corps heading into training camp, the Saints will have to make some hard choices about who to keep and who to cut. And because of that brutal numbers game, Bobby Hebert thinks Brandon Coleman is in danger of being a casualty of the numbers game.

This despite Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson touting how valuable Coleman was last year.

"Last year, I thought he was our MVP," Johnson said during an interview with Hebert and Kristian Garic at Saints minicamp. "Any dirty work thing he had to do, he did all those things. He was at every game. He played. He competed hard. He played a variety of different positions. I love what B. Cole does."

Hebert says it's not a shock that Coleman was popular with his coach.

"It wasn't surprising to me because C.J.'s a hands-on coach, and Brandon Coleman is very coachable," Hebert said. "Now he'll do whatever Coach tells him. He'll go block that guy. He's very important in the run-game. He's not just saying that because he likes Brandon. He likes his work ethic."

Yet however good Coleman might be at blocking for the run-game, Hebert says he has to do his primary job better - hooking up with Drew Brees.

"Now what Coleman needs is to catch the ball more consistently," Hebert said. "Don't have those drops. But he was coming on. He had a good offseason last year. Now he comes back to training camp. And Johnson said when he's healthy, he thinks Coleman will take that next step."

Coleman caught just 23 balls for 364 yards in 2017 with three touchdowns, and it would be very easy for him to get lost in the mix as he competes for a roster spot this year on a team that also features Ted Ginn Jr., free agent acquisition Cameron Meredith, third-round draft choice Tre'Quan Smith, and of course, Pro Bowler Michael Thomas.

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