The Browns were near the bottom of the league in virtually every category of pass offense last year, yet all they did to bolster the receiving corps was draft Carlton Mitchell in the sixth round.
The wide receiver position for the Browns won't be as grim as it seems on paper if second-year player Brian Robiskie continues to improve as he has during the OTAs.
Part of that is the experience he gained as a rookie, as precious little as it was. Part of it is practicing with Jake Delhomme. Delhomme has not been named the starting quarterback yet, but during the brief time practice is open to the media during OTAs it seems apparent Delhomme is No. 1 followed by Seneca Wallace and then Colt McCoy and Brett Ratliff.
"I don't know what it was last year, but last year was last year," Robiskie said. "I'm excited about this year and what I can do and I'm excited about our team and this season coming up.
"Last year for me involved a lot of learning. I think that was beneficial for me to take to the offseason and apply it to this year."
Coach Eric Mangini has not ruled out adding a veteran receiver -- though he might have to wait for rosters to be trimmed to find one -- but for now he is happy with the receivers he has.
"Brian Robiskie has had an outstanding camp," Mangini said. "He runs good routes and makes big plays pretty much every day.
"There is no one formula for these guys. You try different things to get them to contribute as quickly as possible. A lot of guys have had to play right away that shouldn't have played. That could be detrimental, too, because their confidence gets shot. As a coaching staff, you can't coach each person the same way."
Robiskie caught only seven passes last season, and he caught four of them in one game. He never whined about his situation last year. And it wasn't like he was trying to crack the 49ers' Super Bowl lineup of receivers Jerry Rice and John Taylor.
As a group the Browns receivers were pretty pathetic in 2009. Mohamed Massaquoi led the bunch with 34 catches -- the lowest number for the Browns receiving leader in 35 years.
Robiskie was inactive for five games. He failed to catch a pass in eight of the 11 games he played. At one point of the season the Browns were 1-10 and Robiskie had one catch. Reporters continually hammered Mangini with, "Why isn't Robiskie getting more chances" questions, but the coach would only say some players develop more slowly than others. Mangini always says a player's biggest jump is between his first and second season.
"I like to think I've definitely grown and I'd like to think we're a better team and I can keep getting better," Robiskie said. "This is definitely the beginning of our season. Hopefully we can continue to make more strides as we go into the season.
"I never got caught up in I caught seven balls and the ups and downs. I looked at the progression I made and what I could do this offseason to help us win more games. A lot of us were looking at what we did well at the end of last season to carry over into this season. I learned from last year and moved on."