That was twice as many catches as Coates made during a regular season that saw Coates play sparingly after arriving to the team in lackluster condition. Things are different this summer, though.
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said, via Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, that the difference in the receiver is “night and day” heading into his second NFL season. Haley said Coates “got his mind right” along with his conditioning over the course of the 2015 season and that working with the scout team benefited him.
If you've been following our news, this isn't the first time we've heard positives about Coates. The timing is pretty great for the Steelers who will need a WR2 option to stand out with Martavis Bryant suspended. Markus Wheaton should also be involved but Coates has a real good chance at fantasy relevance this year.