Clayton: Browns WRs look 'promising'

July, 31, 2012
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I'll be attending Cleveland Browns training camp Wednesday, but ESPN's John Clayton came away with some positive observations from his stop in Berea, Ohio.

In his camp report, Clayton noticed that coach Pat Shurmur is working in more five-step drops for quarterback Brandon Weeden. Clayton believes that indicates "a sign of confidence in the blocking and the talent at wide receiver." Wait, did he say talent at wide receiver? Most observers, including myself, see wide receiver as the biggest weakness on the Browns' offense.

Here's what Clayton had to say about the Browns wide receivers:
Supplemental draft choice [Josth] Gordon is raw, but he has the look of a future No. 1 receiver. [Greg] Little, a second-round pick last year, is a good target, although he's trying to adjust to some work out of the slot. [Travis] Benjamin is fast. It's a promising group.

If Cleveland can get consistent production out of its receivers, this offense could surprise some defenses. The challenge is for Gordon to shake off the rust after not playing last season. Little has to cut down on his drops. And Benjamin has to bulk up before taking a hit over the middle.

From what I saw in minicamp last month, Weeden can throw the ball. He just needs these young receivers to develop quickly.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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