BEREA - Many times opportunities in the NFL result from an injury to another player. The latest case for the Browns is the rib injury to Joe Jurevicius allows Josh Cribbs and Travis Wilson to move up a slot.
For Cribbs, he moves to the third receiver position and
As reported earlier in John Taylor's report, Jurevicius might not be out as long as originally feared.
That is why it is important for Cribbs and particularly, Wilson to show what they can do, while they have a chance.
"This is the opportunity that I've been waiting for,"
"I feel that day to day and week to week, I have been making progress," he said. I definitely don't want to take any steps back. I feel I have a good grasp of the offense and can help this team."
"It was a reality check for me," he said. "It has really motivated me. I've had the odds against me my whole career and it will continue to help me realize that nothing is a given.
"I'm very hungry for the opportunity."
"I know what I'm supposed to do and that's to make plays," he said. "I just want to be productive when I'm out on the field."
Cribbs made the team in 2005, primarily as a special teams player after
making the transition from being a quarterback at
"Travis Wilson got off to a late start, but he has made plays throughout camp," Romeo Crennel said during training camp. "Travis is going to be a player for us at some point. Travis has made his presence felt on the practice field."
Cribbs has just one career reception and that was for seven yards against the Raiders last season.
"We just have to stop the run," he said. "We have to come together as a front seven and stop the offense from moving the ball on the ground.
"We have the personnel to be capable of doing that," he continued. "We just need to come together and execute."
Advice for Kellen: Crennel said he told TE Kellen Winslow that maybe he should let DB Leigh Bodden speak for himself when it comes to talking about Bodden going to shut down WR Chad Johnson, as he did Wednesday.
"We knew (Kellen) was an energetic guy and a fiery guy but I don't think he can play defensive back," Crennel said. "I told him maybe he shouldn't speak for Leigh Bodden and let (Bodden) speak for himself."
Crennel thinks Winslow could develop into a leader as time goes on.
"He's only played a couple of games and he might develop into a leader as time goes on," he said.
Crennel was encouraged with McCutcheon's progress, but didn't offer any additional insight as to whether he will play this Sunday.
"He did a little in practice and is making slow progress," he said. "I'm encouraged by his progresss."
Coming and Going: DL Jevon Haye was added to the practice squad. He was on the active roster last week, but was released when DB Daven Holly was re-instated to the team. To make room for Haye on the practice squad, WR Kendrick Mosley was released.
LeCharles Update: Crennel was asked on the progress of OL LeCharles Bentley in his recovery from surgery on his patellar tendon.
"He's making progress," Crennel said. "He's not coming in for rehab because we want him to stay off it and give it time to heal. LeCharles is one of those aggressive guys, who thinks if he can walk, he can run."
Legends Class: The Browns announced four new inductees to their legends: Walt Michaels (1952-61); Jim Houston (1960-72); Doug Dieken (1971-84) and Earnest Byner (1984-88, 1994-95).