WR need increases in Cleveland

March, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Cleveland Browns continued their trend of overhauling their roster under new coach Eric Mangini Wednesday night, releasing veteran receiver Joe Jurevicius after three years with the team.

Jurevicius was inactive all of last season when a routine knee surgery went awry when he came down with a subsequent staph infection that required multiple follow-up surgeries and kept him on the shelf.

Cleveland needed help at receiver even before this move. There is not much behind No. 1 starter Braylon Edwards. Donte Stallworth will need to have a bounce-back year as the No. 2 receiver for the offense to be successful. And it's a toss up of who will receive playing time after that.

Expect the receiver position to be a priority--although not the biggest priority--during next month's NFL draft. There is a lot of depth at the receiver position and the Browns will look to tap into that, most likely sometime after the first round.

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