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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Big Question: Is Robiskie ready?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

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Is Cleveland Browns receiver Brian Robiskie ready to start in his second year?

Brian Robiskie
Brian Robiskie caught just seven passes during his rookie season in 2009.
The opportunity for playing time has never been more wide open for Robiskie. The Browns are in search of another starting-caliber receiver opposite Mohamed Massaquoi, and Cleveland is hoping Robiskie develops into that player this season.

Like Massaquoi, Robiskie was taken in the second round in 2009. But unlike Massaquoi, Robiskie didn't show much in his rookie year. The former Ohio State product struggled and barely saw the field until late in the season. Robiskie finished the year with only seven catches for 106 yards.

But growth for Robiskie is already evident this year in offseason workouts. He has been impressive early and is showing the ability to make plays at the next level. Cleveland is hoping Robiskie can carry that momentum into training camp and eventually earn a significant role in the offense this summer.

A possible starting group of Massaquoi and Robiskie could potentially be the youngest receiver tandem in the NFL this season. Veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme should help develop these inexperienced players, but it will be a work in progress.

Cleveland also continues to keep its options open with possibly adding a veteran receiver to the mix (Patrick Crayton, anyone?). But Robiskie's steady performance in organized team activities is one reason the Browns have stayed put so far with what they have.