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Monday, July 7, 2008
Who is the No. 3 WR in Cleveland?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Cleveland Browns veteran receiver Joe Jurevicius had another knee surgery last week that will push his return date into training camp and possibly further.

The surgery was, at the very least, Jurevicius' third in seven months. The Browns are only confirming two surgeries to clean out the knee, but Jurevicius also had at least one additional procedure to remove a staph infection this offseason.

With the status of Jurevicius unknown, the question of who would be the No. 3 receiver (behind Braylon Edwards and Donte' Stallworth) in his absence looms.

Here are the top three candidates:

Kevin Kasper

Kasper, 30, is a veteran who has been around and was one of the surprises of minicamp. He was consistent in catching the football and knows what to do with it after the catch. But Kasper (6-foot-1, 197) is not a big target so he doesn't quite fit in Cleveland's offense beyond just spot duty.

Travis Wilson

The former third-round pick has been an enigma in Cleveland. So far Wilson's had two non-existent years in the NFL. But he finally began to make plays for the Browns in practices this spring, which is a positive that he might be turning the corner.

Joshua Cribbs

Cribbs will be the first to say that he could handle the responsibilities of a full-time receiver. But the truth is that would be too much on his plate. Cribbs is a Pro Bowler as a special teamer. He returns both kickoffs and punts, and also covers kickoffs and punts extremely well. Making Cribbs Cleveland's No. 3 receiver would hurt his efficiency at what he does best.

So if the Browns cannot rely on the health of Jurevicius, this likely will be a trouble spot to keep an eye on with Cleveland early in the season.