Training camp is underway and the Cleveland Browns reside in the spotlight as our new coaching staff and front office attempts to assemble a competitive if not a winning roster. There are various questions involving the position battles at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. Although the running back battle is important for clock management and the quarterback is the field general, Cleveland’s receiving corps yields the biggest question marks.

There exists a widespread opinion that the Browns will convert from the passing attempt leaders into rushing attempt leaders. Regardless of the perception of our wide outs, Cleveland possesses potential aerial threats. Tight end Jordan Cameron emerged last season as a reliable catching machine. Proven veterans, Miles Austin and Nate Burleson, can produce if they remain healthy.

Despite all the offseason acquisitions and veteran presences, one young man remains untested. Second year wide out, Charles Johnson could be in position for a breakout season. Originally a 7th round draft pick by Green Bay, the Kentucky native battled knee and hamstring issues. These problems can be cited as the reason Johnson only participated on the Packers practice squad. After being poached by the Cleveland Browns, it was revealed that Johnson suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

Eager to prove he belongs, Charles Johnson has received praise from both Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer. Farmer, who scouted the receiver prior to the 2013 draft, claims Johnson is an, “Interesting prospect…that put a lot of hard work into recovering from an ACL injury.” Don’t worry about his speed though, Mike Pettine says, “He’s explosive.”

“If healthy” seems to be the theme for numerous Browns’ players, the Grand Valley State product has the opportunity to earn a roster spot. Johnson is a huge target, standing at six feet two inches, with speed and tremendous route running ability. He is also known for catching with his hands and not his body. These are outstanding qualities that appear useful with a Josh Gordon suspension looming.

Charles Johnson is a quality player with hopes of becoming a contributing piece to this rising young team. Guarantee that Johnson makes the most of this opportunity, he will remain on the roster.

-Max Gold

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