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Corey Coleman impressing teammates, coaches with knack for end zone

Josh McCown's and Pep Hamilton's respective media appearances Thursday were separated by about 30 minutes.

Their answer to a similar line of questioning about rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman, though, was as identical as it gets.

"He can score the ball," associate head coach - offense Pep Hamilton said.

"He's scored a bunch when we've had some of this live stuff," quarterback Josh McCown said. "The cool thing about Corey is, he's still learning, but when the ball touches his hands, he's exactly why you picked him. That's impressive to me."

Coleman, who had 20 touchdowns as a junior at Baylor, has been a standout through the first week of training camp, making plays in all sorts of capacities as the Browns install their offense. He's caught 5-yard hitches, found openings on slants across the middle and beat corners on deep balls all while looking very comfortable in his first week of NFL training camp.

Hamilton, who noted Coleman has made multiple big catches in each of Cleveland's practices thus far, cited a play from Tuesday's practice that combined all of it into one.

"He caught a hitch route down inside the red zone area, he made two guys miss and he scored the football," Hamilton said. "That's what we're going to need him to do. We need a big-play threat or two or three on the perimeter, and we feel like he's the guy who can do those things."

Browns coach Hue Jackson lauded Coleman early in camp for his ability to "stack good days together." That falls in line with Coleman's No. 1 goal for training camp, which centers on maintaining consistency and "coming to work every day and showing that I can get the job done."

The trust is growing, whether it be from his coaches, fellow wide receivers or quarterbacks. It was further strengthened between he and Robert Griffin III during the summer, when the two connected for a few days to work together on a variety of routes.

"It builds camaraderie to know when he's going to be coming out of his breaks," Griffin said. "He made the effort to come out, to come work out when he could be off. He could be in the Bahamas or something, sipping on piña coladas or whatever he wanted to do. He came out to work. I think that's important for him, for us as a team.

"When you have examples like Joe Thomas and Joe Haden out here, it's easy to fall in line and make sure you're doing everything the right way."

The work behind the scenes is helping Coleman's transition from Baylor's uptempo spread offense to Cleveland's pro-style attack look as smooth as it's been. It's helped him play faster, too, McCown said.

"A lot of times, I think you see with young guys is while they're learning, their skill set will diminish a bit ... you won't see them be as fast as they can be. You won't see them do some of the things that maybe that's why you picked them," McCown said. "He's shown in that sense it's not too big for him when the bullets start flying and we start playing. 

"What may separate him is that he's in a learning curve right now, but when the ball touches his hands, he's about scoring and getting in the end zone. That's impressive."

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