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Camp Spotlight: Cornerback Justin Coleman


Position: Cornerback

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 190

College: Tennessee

Experience: 5th season

Outlook: Coleman was signed this offseason to help boost Detroit's talent and depth at cornerback.

He played for Lions head coach Matt Patricia in New England in 2015 and 2016, and spent the last two years in Seattle playing in all 32 games with 10 starts in the slot. He recorded 55 tackles, a half sack, a forced fumble and an interception playing inside for the Seahawks last season.

Coleman was graded the sixth best slot cornerback in the NFL by Pro Football Focus last season. Opposing quarterbacks had just a 82.5 passer rating throwing his way with one touchdown.

Coleman played both inside and out wide in Detroit's first preseason game vs. New England. The Lions love that kind of versatility in their secondary.

View photos of cornerback Justin Coleman from Day 13 of Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by Rocket Mortgage.

Practice report: Coleman spends a lot of practice matched up in the slot with veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola. The two battle it out pretty hard throughout the course of 1-on-1s, 7-on-7s and team drills. Amendola's quickness makes him a tough cover inside.

Coleman had a good rep against Amendola in 1-on-1s, sticking right on Amendola's hip on a deep route that was overthrown by quarterback David Fales.

Fales and Amendola failed to hook up in a team drill in the end zone after Amendola was able to get a step on Coleman. The ball was thrown over Amendola's outside shoulder, and he was looking inside.

Amendola shook away from Coleman in a 7-on-7 period on a short comeback route, but other than that Coleman did a pretty good job today as Amendola was fairly quiet in 7-on-7s and in the team periods.

Quotable: "I'm just doing my best to pick up everything, learn the plays and make plays for the team," Coleman said. "I mean, there's not too much I need to do besides my job."

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