Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann on WR Sammie Coates:
"From what I saw on tape, I think we got a guy that needs some work but is a great athlete. He has good speed and can take the top off of the coverage. He’s a guy who can track the ball down field very well. He has some problems straight ahead catching a football but that’s why we have drills. With a chance to coach him up, we feel like we can make that better. The thing that you can’t coach up is his athleticism."
With Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton already established in the Pittsburgh receiving corps, Coates has a steep hill to climb to earn significant playing time as a rookie.