Berea Report: Time for Wilson, Cribbs

The two young wide receivers will be asked to step up now that Joe Jurevicius is on the mend...

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 Wilson to the fourth slot.

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," Wilson said. "As a rookie, you want to take advantage of every opportunity you're given."

Wilson started slowly after a two day holdout, but showed signs of good potential in the preseason. He showed a propensity during training camp of being able to aggressively go up and take the ball away from defensive backs.

"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."

Wilson was inactive for the first game with the Saints and realizes in the NFL, nothing is taken for granted.

"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."

Wilson said, if he's given the chance, he will come through.

"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 Kent State. He returned five kickoffs for 114 yards, including a long of 40 yards against the Saints. He also led the team with four special teams tackles. He wasn't able to hang on to a pass in a third down situation last week.

"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.

Notebook

Willie Says Stop the Run: Veteran LB Willie McGinest says the Browns have to stop Rudi Johnson and the Bengals running game.

"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. 

Injury Update: Joe Jurevicius (ribs), Nick Eason (ankle), Darnell Dinkins (hamstring) are out. S Brian Russell (elbow) is questionable, as is CB Daylon McCutcheon (knee).

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).


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