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Browns coach Hue Jackson: Rookie WR Corey Coleman's head isn't spinning, he knows exactly what to do

Rookie receiver Corey Coleman had a rudimentary playbook at Baylor and wasn’t asked to run complicated routes.
Browns coaches and teammates have talked about the need for him to master coach Hue Jackson’s system.
He didn’t know what to do on a goal-line play Thursday in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears, and Jackson called timeout and put him on the bench.
Yet Jackson insisted Coleman isn’t overwhelmed. Or even behind.
“No, I don’t think his head’s spinning,” Jackson said Friday on a conference call. “Sometimes when you get down in the scoring zone and you get down in different situations, all of a sudden the play is called and you don’t hear it all or you turn away a little too soon or you thought it was this when it was really that. I think those things happen.
“I don’t think Corey’s spinning, I don’t think there’s any issue with Corey whatsoever. I think it’s unfortunate that it happened at that time and we’re having to talk about it today. But he’s been outstanding as far as getting lined up and knowing exactly what to do.”
Coleman, the No. 15 pick, missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury, and has struggled since returning. He was shut out last week against Tampa Bay and had an uneven outing vs. the Bears. He caught a 10-yard pass in four targets, including a well-thrown crossing route from Josh McCown that went off his hands.
The Browns are counting on Coleman to be a starter Sept. 11 in the opener at Philadelphia, especially with Josh Gordon serving a four-game suspension.
“It’s being in practice every day, it’s through the walkthroughs and then out to practice and then through practice and studying away,” Jackson said of what Coleman has to do to be ready. “I think Corey will be fine. He’s not the first young player that lined up incorrectly one time.
“Sometimes wires get crossed. We hate that it happens, but at the same time we all know that it does. So I’m not going to judge him on that one play. He’ll be a tremendous football player for us and he’ll do some great things here.”
Jackson thought Coleman pressed against Tampa Bay, and quarterback Robert Griffin III thought he still hadn’t gotten comfortable by Thursday night.
“I’ve talked to him about it,” Griffin said after the game. “It is let your talent show.”
Coleman caught 173 passes for 3,009 yards and 33 touchdowns in three seasons at Baylor. He was named the Biletnikoff Award winner in 2015 as the nation’s top receiver after leading the country with a school-record 20 touchdown receptions to go along with 74 catches for 1,363 yards.
“I know at Baylor every ball got thrown to him and he had many opportunities, and he’s going to get that in the league, as well, but teams are going to cloud him, teams are going to roll coverage to him to try to take the ball out of his hands,” Griffin said. “He just has to continue to work and put his head down and just keep grinding, keep working. It is just about continuing to work with Corey. He is a phenomenal talent, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it on gameday like we have seen it in practice consistently.”
Coleman is also slated to serve as a punt returner. He slipped on his only return Thursday for a 3-yard gain.
“Well, I know he can do the job,” Jackson said. “I don’t know that he’ll be the one exclusive guy for the whole season, but he’ll definitely get some opportunities back there.”
Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7253 or [email protected] Like him on Facebook and follow him @scottpetrak on Twitter.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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