Justin Coleman was re-signed by the New England Patriots as an exclusive rights free agent on March 16, 2017 ... Originally signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent (5/6/15) ... Released by Minnesota (8/30/15) ... Signed by New England (9/4/15) ... Released by New England (9/5/15) ... Signed by Seattle to the practice squad (9/8/15) ... Signed by New England from the Seattle practice squad on Sept. 9, 2015.
2016 (10/1, 0/0)
Played mainly on special teams in the 10 regular-season games he played in, making one start on defense. Tallied eight tackles and three passes defensed.
Was inactive for six regular-season games and all three playoff games.
Tallied two passes defensed in the win at Arizona (9/11).
Started at defensive back in a nickel defense in the win vs. Miami (9/18) and finished with two tackles.
Recorded two tackles vs. Seattle (11/13).
2015 (10/2, 2/0)
- Was one of three rookie free agents, along with David Andrews and Brandon King, to be a major contributor on the Patriots 53-man roster.
- Originally signed with Minnesota as a rookie free agent and was released at the end of training camp. Joined the Patriots at the end of preseason and was released during final cuts and signed to the Seattle practice squad before being added to the Patriots 53-man roster prior to the start of the regular season.
- Played in 10 regular-season games with two starts and posted 21 tackles, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
- Appeared as a reserve in both playoff contests and totaled seven tackles and two passes defensed.
- Was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season and was inactive due to injury for four contests.
- Made his NFL debut on defense and special teams vs. Jacksonville (9/27). Registered three tackles on defense.
- Made his first NFL start vs. Miami (10/29) when the team opened in nickel defense and posted a season-high five tackles and one pass defensed.
- Played in nickel situations and recorded four tackles, one pass breakup and recovered an Eli Manning fumble forced by Chandler Jones at N.Y. Giants (11/15).
- Returned to action after missing three games due to an injury and contributed on special teams in the win at Houston (12/13).
- Appeared in his first NFL postseason game and recorded three solo tackles and one pass defensed in the Divisional playoff victory vs. Kansas City (1/16).
- Started 38-of 50 games he appeared in at Tennessee and compiled five interceptions in his collegiate career.
- As a senior in 2014, ties for fourth in the SEC with four interceptions.
- Born March 27, 1993.
- Participated in track and field in addition to football in high school.