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Perhaps all’s well that ends well. Because while he might not be in the NBA — as Livingston thought he might someday be — and he was not technically a first-round pick — as Coleman no doubt wanted to be — the receiver seems to have landed in an ideal offense for his skill set. Beane has a knack for finding players who fill a need on Buffalo’s depth chart and who have the potential to make an immediate impact. 

“We’re going to be counting on him early in his role,” Beane told reporters during the draft. “It’s no secret we needed to add a guy like him to fill this X-role that’s vacant.”

Beane didn’t mention Diggs, but he might as well have. Both Diggs and Gabe Davis departed this offseason, leaving the Bills sorely lacking in the receiver room. Coleman will work toward getting a major share of the 241 targets that went to them last season.

He will work to become Allen’s favorite target both inside and outside the structure of the Buffalo offense. The rookie receiver will fight for jump balls, he’ll find holes in zone coverage, and he’ll work his way toward Allen when the QB gets creative on the move. That’ll all require rapport, and they’re already planning to work out this offseason at Allen’s place in Wyoming. 

Coleman’s path to the No. 1 spot starts there.

“He’s ready for it,” said Ron Dugans, Coleman’s receivers coach at FSU. “That’s what he wants. He wants to be good in that position. He’s not afraid of it. He’s worked his butt off for it. He knows he’s got some big shoes to fill, and he doesn’t have to go in and try to be Stef. 

“He’s gotta go and be Keon Coleman. And he’s confident in that.”

If there’s one thing you should know by now: Keon is unapologetically Keon.

Prior to joining FOX Sports as the AFC East reporter, Henry McKenna spent seven years covering the Patriots for USA TODAY Sports Media Group and Boston Globe Media. Follow him on Twitter at @henrycmckenna.


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