For some fans, Tevin Coleman’s signing to the Jets in March was a ho-hum event, bringing in an almost 30-something comeback after his lowest production as a pro in 2020 due to several physical ailments.
For others, it was a smart pickup. They saw some interesting things in Coleman’s first five seasons in the NFL, his decent production as a spinning back, his speed, his hands off the backfield.
Unsurprisingly, Coleman (who just turned 28 in April) is siding with the latter group.
“I feel like I have a lot of stuff left in my tank,” Coleman told reporters the Jets this week. “I’m a fast guy, I’m a strong guy, I’m tall, so I definitely have a lot in my tank to prove myself.”
One person Coleman doesn’t have to prove himself to is Robert Saleh, who spent the previous two seasons coordinating the San Francisco defense while Coleman ran, caught and blocked the 49ers’ offense. True to his analogies with fast cars, Saleh, now Coleman’s head coach, saw a lot to like about the Midwestern man who played his high school ball in Illinois and his college ball in Indiana.
“Tevin, it’s pure gas,” Saleh said. “He’s got tremendous speed, he’s got a great mindset when the ball is in his hands in terms of tackling, falling forward, creating positive distance. And his leadership, his behavior on the pitch, his training habits – he represents what we covet. Having him here, especially since we have a very young backfield, is great. “