Corey Coleman, Rod Streater and Zay Jones
This group isn’t locked into roster spots. While Clay offers some support on special teams, it isn’t enough to assure his position. Coleman and Jones SHOULD make the roster, but they need to show their talent trumps all in practice.
Jones was a second-round pick in 2017. He got off to a slow start, but overall developed and improved as the season went on. He should be with Kelvin Benjamin as a lock, but a tumultuous offseason has moved him from roster lock, to ‘show me’ player. Jones is behind, he’s coming off of an injury and is falling behind the rest of the WR room. Even McDermott acknowledges that Jones will have to catch up to the rest of the WR room.
Speaking of catching up, how about the addition of Coleman? The former first-round pick will be in the hunt for first-team reps once he catches hold of the offense. Coleman offers something that only Kaelin Clay can also offer, and that’s speed. The difference? Coleman is a bigger downfield target with more success in his career. The price paid for Coleman wasn’t enough to assure his roster position. The best 53 will get to play and Coleman has to prove he belongs, and has less time to do so.
Streater was looking like he could make the roster last season, but was injured during the preseason and eventually waived. This year he has sprinkled in with the first team, but his performance during preseason games will be crucial.