Coaches said Coates had a big offseason that included daily trips to the team facility, even in the slow months. Now he's starting to find the payoff. Coates generated buzz with several impressive grabs during Saturday's practice, prompting coach Mike Tomlin to say Coates had a "good day." For Tomlin, who's not an excessive back-patter, "good" is doing mighty fine.
The Steelers plan to replace the suspended Martavis Bryant’s No. 2 receiver spot collectively, with Markus Wheaton, Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey and others, the story said. Wheaton would seem to be the favorite for more consistent targets and Coates is more of a vertical threat, according to the story.