In yesterday’s Browns post I got into the receivers a little bit, and wanted to expand on it a bit more. Early on this year we (along with many other writers and fans who witnessed training camp) predicted that Brian Robiskie wasn’t going to be playing for long. Watching Sheldon Brown brutalize him at the line of scrimmage and his passive effort in the face of that physicality, it became painfully obvious that Robo just doesn’t have “it” for the NFL game. Even still it took a few weeks for the Browns to arrive at that conclusion for themselves as they went through the process of getting game tape on these guys in this new system. This methodical approach continues and let’s you know why I said the Browns were trying to win this year, but only with the guys they have.
I am starting to side with those who think the Browns should have brought in a veteran receiver in order to have an experienced voice in meetings and also to aid in the development of Colt McCoy. At this point though, I think it is too late unless some really improbable perfect candidate shows up. I don’t know who it would be either, by the way. I just assume that there is a guy, however improbable, that the Browns would bring in if he became available. Anyway…
The methodical approach will hopefully continue this weekend in San Francisco. Mohamed Massaquoi scored a concussion last weekend with the help of a poorly timed knockout pass from Colt McCoy. Assuming that MoMass is questionable at best due to his inability to practice this week, I fully expect the Browns to get some tape on guys other than Brian Robiskie. Carlton Mitchell will be active this week and the giant speedster will hopefully see the field.
In addition to Mitchell, I would hope as the passing game continues to struggle that we would eventually also get a look at Jordan Norwood. As I said in the comments yesterday, I know Jordan Norwood is just a little guy, but he is probably also the fastest and quickest of the receivers. In training camp, he was getting open while people were touting him as a faster version of Chansi Stuckey. Of course, being who I am, I was dreaming about him becoming a Wes Welker for the Browns, which obviously hasn’t happened up to this point.
It just seems to me as this passing game continues to struggle that the Browns would want to continue through the process of seeing what everyone on the roster can (and can’t) do. Also, as McCoy struggles against gameplans that always (ALWAYS!) include blitzing early and often, it seems to me that someone like Jordan Norwood would be a good candidate to steal reps from Josh Cribbs even. If the Browns can’t get open and the defense is blitzing like crazy, wouldn’t you want your fastest, quickest cutting guy to be on the field so he could get open right away on slants and crosses?
Of course, crosses are what put the Browns in this position this week already. Just ask MoMass.
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