Sammie Coates expecting “good fight” for receiver spots in Pittsburgh

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After the Steelers drafted wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of this year’s draft, Martavis Bryant tweeted that the rookie would be replacing Sammie Coates in the team’s receiving corps.

Coates responded with a laugh, but he’s aware that it is going to be a competitive situation at camp this summer. Antonio Brown has a spot locked down and the Steelers won’t be cutting Smith-Schuster. Barring further discipline, Bryant will likely have another spot and Eli Rogers is back after working out of the slot last season.

Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Justin Hunter, Cobi Hamilton and 2016 seventh-rounder Demarcus Ayers round out a group that Coates believes will make for “a good fight” for jobs. Special teams work will factor into the final choices and Coates’ chances of being one of them will be better if he’s healthy after breaking fingers last season and having groin surgery this offseason.

“I’m getting there. It’s a process,” Coates said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “That’s what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp. … I’m starting to get back my speed.”

Getting as much of it back as soon as he can would seem to be in Coates’ best interests.

13 responses to “Sammie Coates expecting “good fight” for receiver spots in Pittsburgh

  1. Shouldn’t Martavis be more worried about his own roster spot, considering he can’t stay on the field?

  2. No. And Yes… He seems to have done everything right over the past year vs some of the other numbskulls who were suspended for the same thing.

    People forget his last game was WITHOUT Antonio and he put up nearly 200 yards in a playoff game.

  3. This could easily be the best receiving corps in the NFL this season. I don’t see how they don’t keep 6 of them because you know the guys who get cut will be snapped up by teams like the Ravens who can’t buy a guy to catch the ball and do something with it.

  4. dontlikecravens says:
    Jun 22, 2017 2:23 PM
    I don’t see how they don’t keep 6 of them…
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    I think the idea is that they will keep six. Spots locked down are Brown, Bryant, Smith-Schuster, and Rogers. Last 2 spots are up somewhat more up for grabs — I’m guessing it’ll be Coates and one of Ayers/DHB/Hunter.

    Pretty sure Coates locks down a spot unless he completely blows it this summer. His hand was butchered last year, so the hope is that he’s been able to rehab it. When healthy, he’s shown flashes even if he’s not been completely consistent. He’s also only 24, so potentially still room for development.

  5. It seems like FINALLY the Steelers have fully adapted to the modern day age of play in the NFL. They are super stocked at both cornerback and wide receiver, with 8+ players each competing for roster spots. They might keep six at both positions, plus guys for the practice squad. When every team’s base offense has three wide receivers, and the defense played more than anything else is different varieties of the nickel, the team’s roster had better reflect it.

    Go Steelers!

  6. With a quarterback who couldn’t score a single touchdown against Kansas City it’s going to be difficult proving you can catch anything that Little Ben wobbles down the field.

  7. clashpoint says:
    Jun 22, 2017 3:07 PM
    It seems like FINALLY the Steelers have fully adapted to the modern day age of play in the NFL. They are super stocked at both cornerback and wide receiver, with 8+ players each competing for roster spots. They might keep six at both positions, plus guys for the practice squad. When every team’s base offense has three wide receivers, and the defense played more than anything else is different varieties of the nickel, the team’s roster had better reflect it.

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    I like to be optimistic too, but we are far from stacked at cornerback.

  8. I know Steelers fans don’t like it, but I honestly would trade Bryant. Todd Haley and Big Ben showed what they can do with wide recievers. There’s a long list of guys who were unknown before coming to Pittsburgh, and as long as Brown or Bell is drawing double coverage, Eli Rogers or whomever is next on the depth chart is going to profit. Bryant’s tweet about his teammate seals the deal for me. If the guy is that much of a jerkoff to his TEAMMATE, he’s not committed to his team. Not to mention his idiot behind was suspended for somehow failing a drug test. You have to TRY to get caught doing that, and it was his SECOND time.

    The guy is good, but his production can be replaced by guys who are not idiots (or at least, less so) and who don’t sow discontent amongst their teammates. Coates has been disappointing, but not to the point where he has lost his potential, which was pretty high coming out of Auburn. I get why Steelers fans are pumped for Bryant returning, but this combined with his inability to quit smoking or at least remember his test dates would be enough for me personally to trade him.

  9. yourmadre says:
    Jun 22, 2017 3:18 PM
    I like to be optimistic too, but we are far from stacked at cornerback.
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    I didn’t say stacked, I said stocked. Those are very different things. They have a lot more options at both wr and cb than they traditionally have had, and that’s a very good thing.

    I remember just a couple years ago when Pittsburgh only kept 4 cornerbacks and 5 safeties on their game 1 roster. That just doesn’t reflect what today’s pass first mentality want to do on offense. Pittsburgh often still plays a 3rd safety rather than a cornerback in their nickel, and 3 safeties their dime schemes. This is partially why they play so much more zone than man-to-man. Being predictable in coverage is a bad thing. Elite qbs like Brady feast on that.

    Well you need to be able to play 4 cbs sometimes nowadays. You need to be able to play both man and zone and not be predictable about it. Teams also need to be able to put 4-5 solid wrs on the field sometimes, too. I hope Pittsburgh has enough quality talent this year to keep 6 wrs and 6 cbs on their opening day roster. It looks like they just might have it. Finally.

    Go Steelers!

  10. I liked what I saw of Ayers last season. Coates and DHB offer special teams help. This is a nice problem to have.

    And they won’t trade Bryant, please get real, the guy is a stud and seems to be on the right track. Bryant and Brown will be unstoppable.

  11. I don’t have much faith in either Coates or Bryant. Bryant hasn’t shown he can stay on the field. Coates, in the few times I saw him last season, looked like a guy who didn’t exert much effort either in his route running or his desire to catch the ball. It wouldn’t surprise me if neither of these guys play a significant part in their offense this year.

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