With the Cavs season finished and the Indians in a never-ending marathon, today I will focus my attention on the Cleveland Browns, specifically the wide receiving core. Let's start with Josh Gordon...just kidding.
The man leading the charge this year will be second-year wide receiver Corey Coleman out of Baylor. His first year in the NFL could be considered forgettable. In 10 games, he caught 33 balls for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Against Baltimore in Week 2, he had five catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Then, he broke his hand in practice, missing six weeks, and the rest of his season was very average.
The big signing at wide receiver was Kenny Britt. Playing for the Titans and then the Rams the last couple of years, Britt gets the job done. Last season in LA, he had 68 catches for 1003 yards. It was actually his first year reaching that thousand yard milestone. He will have some semi-big shoes to fill in Terrelle Pryor, but that is not a concern.
I put Corey Coleman over Kenny Britt because of the explosiveness the young receiver provides. However, over the course of the season it may be Britt who has more touches after all. Hey, that's a good problem to have. Better than Mohammad Massaquoi vs. Brian Robiskie.
Moving to the third-tier receivers, Ricardo Louis is a pass catcher that I can see having a breakout year. He plans to train with star Brandon Marshall this summer, which will be a huge help. He also says he will "give DB's fear" this year. It feels like the Browns will have a much more formidable offense regardless of who's under center. This will help players like Louis and Rashard Higgins develop.
But this goes further as a big target for the Browns this season will be rookie tight end David Njoku from THE U. We have a big, athletic pass catcher with a huge frame for our quarterbacks to throw to. That consistency will become so valuable throughout the season. Like the Steelers always had with Health Miller. Coach Hue Jackson may also run a number of two tight end sets with Seth DeValve in there as well.
Last season, the Browns were in the bottom five in the league with 204 passing years a game. That number should surely go up the season...
Overall, I believe the Browns are set at wide receiver this season. It's disappointing that it looks like the Josh Gordon saga is ending with him off the field instead of on. (I fought very hard for him.) Frankly, with the development of Coleman (if he can stay on the field) and addition of Britt, I really feel like the Browns will be a downfield threat this year.
First, we need to figure out who the hell will be starting Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
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