An important facet for the Cleveland Browns heading into the 2009 season will be the wide receiver position. In 2008, the position lacked quality and depth to be competitive, which played a role in the failures of the Cleveland offense.
The OTA and mini-camp sessions provided a glimpse of what is transpiring at this ever-important position, but there is more than meets the limited eye of the media in these sessions. From film and classroom work to what these players are accomplishing on the field, The OBR provides exclusive notes on Braylon Edwards, Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.
- Braylon Edwards was not involved in many of the OTA sessions, but was not the scarce entity some within the media ranks would lead the public to believe. Edwards has spoken with head coach Eric Mangini on numerous occasions and is looking toward being a vital contributor in the 2009 season. In film study, Edwards has been attentive and involved; the receiver has not displayed the immature aura that he had on occasions in the past. Edwards came into camp in great physical condition, which generally comes from his tendency to play other athletic-related sports during the off-season. On the field, Edwards has been focused, but has suffered through lapses of dropping catchable passes on occasion. During the recent mini-camp, Edwards was not practicing due to an undisclosed injury -- which The OBR has learned was ankle-related and not believed to be serious.
- Rookie Brian Robiskie, thought of by many as the surest thing at the receiver position in the draft, has not disappointed in the OTA and mini-camp sessions. Robiskie runs crisp routes, makes nearly anything related to the position appear effortless and is decisively quick and plays the game faster than the stopwatch indicates. Always studying and working in the weight room, Robiskie has been very solid in picking up the speed and terminology of the Browns offense. Robiskie rarely is not in position and catches nearly every ball thrown in his direction. This rookie appears poised to contribute in a significant manner in 2009.
- Rookie Mohamed Massaquoi continues to impress the Browns' coaching staff. Upon getting on the field in OTA's, Massaquoi needed refining, not only running routes but in the manner he positioned himself between the ball and defender. A quick study, Massaquoi has steadily improved from day-one in camp, though the rookie receiver still receives some quality one-on-one coaching when necessary on the field. An issue with Massaquoi is the speed in which he plays the game, as the rookie often powers too quickly into routes, which disrupts timing with the quarterbacks. The rap that this rookie has issues catching the ball has not been necessarily evident in the OTA and mini-camp sessions. Yes, he has dropped a few balls thrown in his direction, some due to the aforementioned issue and some due to poorly thrown passes.