Coley is a second-year wide receiver who played under Pat Shurmur with the Vikings in 2017. In six game appearances over his two seasons, Coley does not have a target or reception. He played just 20 offensive snaps last season and had played 19 for Minnesota this season.
He could be a bigger factor on special teams, where he played 27 snaps last season and 12 this year. He has one career kick return for 19 yards, which came in Week 6 of 2017.
Coley will be added to the back end of the wide receiver depth chart that includes Russell Shepard and Kaelin Clay. Perhaps in a second year, Shurmur can make more use out of Coley’s 4.45 speed, though that hasn’t been the case so far in the NFL and wasn’t really in college either where he was a highly targeted receiver who didn’t produce many yards.
The claim of Coley comes after a roster spot opened with the release of fullback Shane Smith, a move made after a rough Week 2 and one that was preceded by the signing of fullback Elijhaa Penny and the placing of Jon Halapio on IR earlier in the day.