Monday, May 3, 2010
Who will catch passes in Cleveland?
By James Walker
A lot has been made of the Cleveland Browns' recent acquisition of veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme. But perhaps an even bigger question is who will catch passes from Delhomme this season?
The Browns have a proven commodity at quarterback. But the receivers Delhomme is working with this year have very little experience or success at the NFL level.
Leading up to the draft, Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson wasn't shy in saying the Browns may have the worst receiving corps in the NFL. At the very least, they don't stack up at that position compared to division rivals like the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Surprisingly, the Browns didn't address the receiver position until the sixth round when they drafted rookie Carlton Mitchell. But in all likelihood, that won't be enough.
Someone who is already on the roster will have to step up for Cleveland. Second-year player Mohamed Massaquoi made good strides in his rookie year with 34 receptions for 624 yards. He's currently the team's No. 1 receiver, which may be a role that's a notch too big for Massaquoi at this stage of his career.
Former second-round pick Brian Robiskie didn't show much last season but will get plenty of opportunities to earn a starting job this summer. Chansi Stuckey, Syndric Steptoe and return specialist Josh Cribbs make up the rest of a suspect group that has a lot to prove this year.