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Analysis: Trying to figure out how WR Corey Coleman fits in the Patriots’ passing game

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The two things I immediately thought of when I saw the Patriots added Corey Coleman to the roster on Tuesday.

1. I am becoming more and more fascinated with the fact New England continues to sign guys who were part of last year’s Browns team that went 0-16. Coleman is the fourth, joining Kenny Britt, Jason McCourty, and Danny Shelton. This is clearly a slow play on the part of Bill Belichick to try and see how many games he would win if he took over one of the only winless teams in NFL history.

2. With the departure of Jordan Matthews, I wonder if Coleman will become this year’s version of “the former ex-Bill who ends up beating his old team.” Granted, he was only with Buffalo for a few weeks this summer, but certainly seemed to make an impression with the folks in upstate New York.

But that’s not why you subscribe to BostonSportsJournal.com now, is it? When news broke the Patriots added three offensive skill position players on Tuesday — Coleman, Bennie Fowler and Kenjon Barner — the easy choice for a breakdown was to pick Coleman, a fascinating prospect who terrified opposing defensive coordinators as a collegian at Baylor, but has just never seemed to put it together as a pro. He’s broken the same hand twice, had an issue with drops, and is now on his third pro team in two-plus years. After such a great college career, something went wrong for him somewhere. So we took a look at his film the last two-plus years to try and figure some things out.