Brandon Coleman is one of several candidates battling for the Saints’ No. 3 and 4 receiver jobs -- along with veterans Nick Toon, Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan and fellow second-year pro Seantavius Jones. So we’re still weeks away from being able to predict the pecking order or declare Coleman as a fantasy football sleeper.
But Coleman, who spent most of last year on the practice squad along with Jones, arguably has the highest upside of the bunch. With his size and physicality, Coleman could be a red zone monster if he's able to realize his potential. So far, so good this summer. Coleman has looked much more fluid, confident and comfortable than last summer when he battled inconsistency.
“He’s stronger now. He’s healthy,” Payton said of Coleman, who spent most of last year on the practice squad. “When we got him he was coming off of a rehab from his knee. And you can see the strength in his lower body when it comes to the breaks he’s making and the cuts he’s making.”
“This confidence kind of comes through getting reps in practice and ultimately it comes through game experience in a game setting that matters,” Payton said. “But I thought his offseason has been very good, and he’s definitely in the hunt.”
With WR Brandon Marshall out of the mix for what sources say will be the remainder of the season, the Bears likely will use second-year receiver Marquess Wilson in his place while moving Josh Morgan into the slot receiver's role.
As we said last week, Wilson is the pickup here, but he only caught two passes for 19 yards on five targets with Marshall knocked out of the game. He should be better prepared for a starting role with a week of preparation, but would be difficult to trust in the fantasy playoffs.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.
Wilson resumed practicing last week for the first time since breaking his collarbone Aug. 4 in training camp. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return.
“We saw it [in training camp] and we saw it in the spring,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He was ascending, was learning the offense, was involved in making plays out there for us, and we were excited about it. Him being up now, we’re optimistic that he’ll be in position to help us.”
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 11.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) missed practice again Thursday.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. The Bears cut Santonio Holmes, so if Morgan is out, Marquess Williams could return as the team’s WR3 in Week 11.
Bears Injury Report
C Roberto Garza (ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadricep), DT Jay Ratliff (concussion), G Matt Slauson (ankle)
DE Trevor Scott (foot)
DE Jared Allen (back), S Chris Conte (shoulder), WR Josh Morgan (groin)
Jets Injury Report
CB Dee Milliner (ankle)
WR Eric Decker (hamstring)
LB Nick Bellore (hip), S Josh Bush (quadricep), G Willie Colon (calf), LB Quinton Coples (elbow), LB A.J. Edds (hamstring), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder)
We're expecting Marshall and Jeffery to play since they played last week and were at least limited on Saturday. Decker was also limited on Saturday, and is expected (per HC Rex Ryan) to play. Consider him at high risk to reaggravate the injury, though he has a great matchup against a shaky Bears defense.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (groin) took full practice reps again Friday.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (groin) took full practice reps Thursday.
In a bit of a surprise, both WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are active for the Bears. Both come with significant risk as they were questionable and far from a lock to play tonight. Marshall appears to be the healthier of the two. Rankings have been updated to reflect their status.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (groin, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 2. Morgan looks unlikely to benefit from the potential absence of Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm
Bears WR Josh Morgan (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday.
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