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Notes: Corey Coleman says he’s working to be the No. 1 WR Hue Jackson demands

 

BEREA — Corey Coleman was drafted No. 15 last year to be the Browns’ No. 1 receiver. Coach Hue Jackson has made it abundantly clear this offseason that Coleman needs to fulfill that role and responsibility this season.

Coleman, who caught only 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie, provided his definition of a No. 1 receiver Sunday before practice.

“A guy who makes plays when it’s called for him, a guy who’s got to be a leader around here among the receivers because a lot of guys are going to look up to you, and a guy who does the right thing when no one’s even around watching,” he said. “Know that I’m trying to get better, and I feel like that’s what really a solid No. 1 is.”

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Is he on course to be all those things?

“I feel like I am,” he said. “I’ve been working my butt off each and every day in every aspect of my game.”

Coleman ran a nice route on a double move Saturday in a one-on-one drill only to drop the pass. He rebounded with an out, a hook and a comeback, then capped the afternoon with a leaping catch on a deep out. All the throws came from Brock Osweiler.

“He needs to,” Jackson said when Coleman’s catches were referenced. “He’s got to keep getting better. That’s what he’s doing. He’s working hard, trying to get better.”

Coleman is being to stack productive practices. He caught five passes in team drills Sunday, including a pair of touchdowns.

“He is getting better,” Jackson said.

Coleman missed most of the offseason program with shoulder and hamstring injuries, and the Browns have managed his practice schedule in training camp. He had two catches for 11 yards Thursday in the preseason opener against the Saints.

“I’m feeling good, just taking it day by day, working on my body with the trainers, still doing treatment and stuff, just taking it all in,” he said. “I’ve got some big goals for the season. I’m excited for the season, too. We look really good. We’ve been working really hard. I’m just ready for everybody to see the work we’ve been doing.”

Coleman was cleared last week in an assault investigation, as the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced it won’t file charges.

“I’m moving past that, man,” Coleman said. “I’m strictly football. I don’t want to answer any questions about that, to be honest, sir.”

IT’S GO TIME

Jackson sounds the siren when it’s time for the live-tackling periods, and he set it off three times Sunday, which is once or twice more than during a normal practice.

“Just getting our team better,” he said. “Whatever it takes to get our football team better. We need to compete. We have some things we have to keep cleaning up and get better at. Plus, I knew our alumni would be out here today so let’s let them see a little taste of what football is all about. Those guys are the guys that paved the way.”

Linebacker Dick Ambrose, defensive lineman Bob Golic and running back Greg Pruitt were among the 11 alumni who saw three spirited sessions.

In addition to Coleman’s touchdowns, Isaiah Crowell had a 66-yard touchdown run to the right side, receiving a key block from receiver Ricardo Louis. Trey Caldwell had an interception, rookie Jabrill Peppers dropped an interception, rookie Matthew Dayes ran for 23 yards on fourth-and-3 and Duke Johnson was stopped on fourth-and-2.

The final period ended with a fight between rookie defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and offensive lineman Anthony Fabiano that included punches and Brantley’s helmet coming off.

TOUGHNESS ON DISPLAY

Cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun celebrated like it was more than the third quarter of the preseason opener when he dropped New Orleans’ Tommylee Lewis for a 7-yard loss on an end-around on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Boddy-Calhoun believed he showed something with the physical play.

“When you have corners showing that you can tackle — that is something that (defensive coordinator) Coach (Gregg) Williams wants to do with this group — it sends a message to the offense,” he said. “You are not going to be able to crack wide receivers and put us in one-on-one situations with the running backs. We do that with a lot of confidence, so I think that does show something.”

Boddy-Calhoun is slated to be the No. 4 cornerback behind Joe Haden, Jamar Taylor and Jason McCourty and has worked outside and in the slot.

EXTRA POINTS

Brantley practiced in team drills for the first time since having surgery to repair a broken finger.

** Rookie tight end David Njoku (back) also returned to team drills.

** Defensive back Marcus Burley participated in the walkthrough portion without a helmet. He’s recovering from a nasty cut near his eye.

** Undrafted rookie cornerback Channing Stribling intercepted DeShone Kizer in the two-minute drill.

** Fabiano was running hot all day. After rookie defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi jumped offside and made contact in a line drill, Fabiano threw the ball at him, then pancaked him on the next repetition.

 

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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