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Corey Coleman excited for fresh start with Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Corey Coleman is looking forward to his chance to play for the Giants, and not at all interested in rehashing his recent past.

The Giants today added Coleman to their active roster, and he could make his debut with the team Sunday when they host the Washington Redskins.

"It's all about opportunity," Coleman said today. "I feel like this organization gives me great opportunity to come here, for me to prove to them that I'm worthy to be here and I'm happy and blessed to be here."

Coleman was the first wide receiver – and the 15th player – selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. But he played just two seasons for the team, catching 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns. Coleman has been with four teams since August 5 when the Browns traded him to Buffalo. He was released by the Bills on Sept. 1 and signed 10 days later by the New England Patriots – who cut him on Sept. 17 and then signed him three days later to their practice squad, a stint that ended on Sept. 29. The Giants signed Coleman to their practice squad on Oct. 18.

Asked what happened this preseason in Cleveland, Coleman said he doesn't like to discuss it.

"The past is the past," he said. "I left that behind."

He joins a wide receiver group that includes Odell Beckham, Jr., Sterling Shepard, Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler, and rookies Jawill Davis and Quadree Henderson. Coleman believes he can contribute immediately.

"I've been a starter for two years, so I feel like I have in-game experience," Coleman said. "Speed, toughness, and stuff of that aspect. Coming out here with great guys that are older than me, just the whole team environment, it's good."

Coleman has spent the last week learning the Giants offense.

"We're going to try to get him up to speed," coach Pat Shurmur said. "First, obviously, he'll help on special teams, then try to get him in on our offensive sets as well."

"(I) get to be a part of a great receiving corps," Coleman said. "Get to learn from those guys and stuff who have had success in the NFL, so with that being said, I think it's a great opportunity for me."

*Linebacker Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and wide receiver Jawill Davis (concussion) did not practice today.

Wide receiver Russell Shepard (neck) and guard Patrick Omameh (knee) practiced fully after being limited yesterday.

*The Giants filled the opening on their roster by signing cornerback Tony Lippett, who played for the Miami Dolphins – and Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo – in 2015-16. He spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles tendon. Lippett was released by the Dolphins on Sept. 1.

"I know a lot about him," Shurmur said. "When he came out of Michigan State (Shurmur's alma mater), he played receiver and corner. He's got excellent ball skills, he played corner in Miami. As you know, he had an Achilles injury that he's coming back from. I think he's back, but we're going to get a chance to get a good look at him."

Lippett becomes the Giants' tallest corner at 6-3 (and 192 pounds). He was the Dolphins' fifth-round draft choice (156th pick overall) draft choice. As a rookie, he played in nine games and had 10 tackles (nine solo). In 2016, he played in all 16 games with starts in the last 13. He led Miami with four interceptions and tallied 67 tackles (45 solo).

*The Giants also signed defensive back A.J. Howard to their practice squad. Howard, joined the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie free agent on April 30. He was released on Sept. 7.

Howard 5-11 and 203 pounds, played in 51 games with 38 starts at Appalachian State, where he totaled 219 tackles, four interceptions, and 18 passes defensed.

*The game against Washington will be the Giants' last before their bye. They have one of the NFL's best records in games prior to a bye:

Table inside Article
Team W L T %
Seattle Seahawks 24 6 0 .800
Giants 20 9 0 .690
Minnesota Vikings 20 9 0 .690
New Orleans Saints 20 10 0 .667
Dallas Cowboys 20 10 0 .667
San Francisco 49ers 19 10 0 .655

*On Monday night in Atlanta, Eli Manning completed passes of 58 and 53 yards to Sterling Shepard and of 51 yards to Beckham. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time the Giants completed three passes of 50+ yards in a game since Oct. 14, 1990, when Phil Simms hit throws of 80 yards to Stephen Baker, 63 yards to Maurice Carthon, and 81 yards to Mark Bavaro in a victory against Washington.

*Rookie running back Saquon Barkley had nine receptions in each of the last two games, vs. Philadelphia and Atlanta. He is the third player in Giants history with nine or more catches in two consecutive games. Amani Toomer had nine receptions at St. Louis on Dec. 19, 1999 and again a week later vs. Minnesota. Odell Beckham, Jr. had 11 catches at Tennessee on Dec. 7, 2014, and 12 the following week vs. Washington.

Two running backs accomplished the feat last season: Arizona's Andre Ellington had nine catches in back-to-back games vs. San Francisco and at Philadelphia on Oct. 1 and 8, and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell had nine vs. Tennessee on Nov. 16 and 12 against Green Bay on Nov. 26.

*Barkley has accounted for 905 of the Giants' 2,704 rushing and receiving yards this season. That's 33.5%, which is the highest percentage by any NFL player – barely:


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Name Own Team Pct
Barkley, Saquon, Giants 905 2704 33.5
Elliott, Ezekiel, Dallas 794 2375 33.4
Johnson, David, Arizona 501 1672 30.0
Gurley, Todd, LA Rams 956 3202 29.9
McCaffrey, Christian, Carolina          667 2245 29.7

*With Damon Harrison's trade to Detroit, defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson has the Giants' longest starting streak at 23 consecutive games. The second-longest active streak belongs to … Manning, with 11 straight starts. Manning, of course, started 210 consecutive games before he did not play at Oakland last Dec. 3.

View the best photos from Giants practice as they get prepared to face the Washington Redskins