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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Opportunity knocks for Robiskie

By James Walker
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns second-round pick Brian Robiskie said he was surprised by Wednesday’s trade of receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets.

 
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 Brian Robiskie could see some playing time now that Braylon Edwards is out of Cleveland.
Then Robiskie realized it’s an opportunity for the rookie to see the field.

"That’s something that a lot of us can’t really worry about and something that a lot of us definitely can’t control," Robiskie said. "So for me, I’m just going to try to move forward and try to take advantage."

Robiskie was expected to be a productive member of Cleveland’s 2009 rookie class. The Ohio State product was considered one of the most polished receivers coming out of this year’s draft. But so far Robiskie has been inactive in two of four games and has yet to catch a pass.

Robiskie will be among three receivers competing for a starting job this week opposite fellow rookie Mohamed Massaquoi when the Browns (0-4) face the Buffalo Bills (1-3). Mike Furrey and Josh Cribbs are the two other receivers, and recent acquisition Chansi Stuckey eventually will be thrown into the competition.

But it's Robiskie who was drafted for moments like this. He was taken in the second round along with Massaquoi to be the future of Cleveland's passing game.

"It’s another real nice opportunity for Brian Robiskie to continue his path," Browns coach Eric Mangini said. "This creates some opportunities for him to play and he’s done some good things. So we have to see what he does."