Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/11/11

If you’re in desperate need of a wide receiver for your fantasy team, Greg Little, Josh Cribbs, and Mohamed Massaquoi are available in over 90 percent of leagues.

We are going into week 10 of the season and every single Cleveland Browns wide receiver is available for pickup.  Yes, that is how bad the Browns receivers are.  But I keep asking myself, how can the receivers be this bad?  Are they this bad?  Are they even bad at all?   I mean, it’s as if the front office went out of their way to try and put together one of the worst receiving corps in the league.   Something doesn’t add up?  It can’t be this hard?

The Browns have made attempts to improve the WR options.

Coming off a stellar career at Georgia, they drafted Mohamed Massaquoi in the second round back in 2009.   He has good size, good speed, and good hands, but Browns fans are two second away from officially labeling him as a bust.

The Browns used their other second round pick that year on Brian Robiskie.  Robiskie was cut two weeks ago.

This year they grabbed Greg Little in the second round of the draft.  Coming into the season, there was a reason why so many people considered Greg Little to be a sleeper–he had all the physical tools and tremendous potential.  And if not for his sitting out all of last season, he would have been a first round pick.

Then there is Josh Cribbs who took on a heavy role of playing WR.  And why not, he’s arguably the best playmaker/athlete in the game.  But unfortunately that hasn’t translated into his being a good receiver.

So you could make a case that the Browns whiffed on Little, Mo Mass, and Robiskie.  Or you could convince yourself that these guys aren’t as horrendous as they appear.  Finding quality receivers isn’t a hard thing to do in the NFL, it just isn’t.  However, finding a quarterback is.

The Browns have a lot of  needs to fill this upcoming offseason…I’m just not so sure the wide receiver position is one of them.  Yes, I like the Browns receivers.

Browns fans believe that Colt McCoy would be a far better quarterback if he had better receivers to throw to.  If you concur with that statement ask yourself this: If your the GM, do you spend this years top pick on the best available wide receiver and go foreword with Colt McCoy as the starting QB?

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Mohamed Massaqoui’s career game came the first time he ever saw playing time in the NFL back in week 4 of the 2009 season against the Bengals, when he caught for 148 yards.  The next day Braylon Edwards was traded to the New York Jets and we haven’t seen that version of Mohamed Massaquoi since.

You could argue that Braylon opened the field up for Massaquoi, or I could point out that the guy throwing to Mo Mass that day was Derek Anderson–the same Derek Anderson who just so happened to be the best quarterback the Browns have had since they came back as an expansion team.  It should be noted that, like Massaquoi, that game against Cincinnati was the last semblance of “the good Derek Anderson” any of us would ever see again.

Having seen the Browns offense operate, it is evident that they made a mistake passing on drafting Julio Jones.  The beauty of being a sports fan is that Browns fans can assume that Julio Jones would have made Colt McCoy and this offense much better.  Would he have, though?   I’m of the belief that if the Browns had drafted Jones, we would currently be wishing that the team had traded up to get A.J. Green.  And if A.J. Green fell into the Browns lap at number 6, it’d be vice versa.

Either way you put it, the fate of a receiving corps is in the hands of the quarterback.

The scouting report on the Browns receivers is that none of them are a deep threat and they have a hard time getting open.  It’s hard to be a deep threat when your QB has a limited range of 15-20 yards down the field, and it’s hard to get open when you only have 15-20 yards to create space.

Some quarterbacks throw a lot of interceptions, some gamble away fourth quarter leads, and some just can’t play the position in the NFL.   Colt McCoy doesn’t fall into any of those categories, and that’s a good thing.  And that’s why its easier for Browns fans to say the wide receivers are a burden on McCoy instead of  believing it to be the other way around.

Surely you remember the days when the Panthers Steve Smith was washed up and old.  It shouldn’t be too hard to recall considering that was just ten weeks ago–you know, before we found out that Cam Newton was a good quarterback in the NFL.  Well, my hope is that, a year from now, Browns fans can say, “Remember how bad we thought Mohamed Massaquoi was?  Boy were we wrong.”

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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