The Pittsburgh Steelers could use some help at wide receiver in the wake of Martavis Bryant’s year-long suspension, but GM Kevin Colbert seems perfectly happy to roll with second-year man Sammie Coates in his absence, according to a tweet from Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Colbert: No urgency to sign or draft WR because of Martavis Bryant suspension. “We feel good about Sammie Coates."
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) March 20, 2016
Pittsburgh made Coates a third-round pick out of Auburn last year, but he saw limited action and had just one catch for 11 yards in the regular season. However, filling in for the injured Antonio Brown in the AFC Divisional Game against the Denver Broncos, he posted two catches for 61 yards. He has a high ceiling at just 22 years old and with Bryant gone for a year, could easily slide right in alongside Markus Wheaton and Brown in 2016.
Also, let us not forget that Coates was no slouch at Auburn. He had 82 receptions for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns in three years with the Tigers, so the young man can clearly play.
Pittsburgh’s higher-ups appear to share that opinion so once training camp starts in a few months, don’t be surprised if a name you hear often is that of Sammie Coates!
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