The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham after just one season of service. He started just seven games and recorded 36 catches, 392 yards and two touchdowns in his brief stint. This move was only a matter of time after being buried in the depth chart. The Eagles acquire Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this off-season further sealing DGB’s fate.
With the lack of experience at wide receiver should the Cleveland Browns take a shot on the troubled wide receiver? Yes, and here’s why. Dorial is young and talented as well as possessing the size and speed combination that is coveted in the NFL. Finally, he would be cheap talent after looking for his third team is as many years.
Green-Beckham is still just 24-years-old with so much potential. He has ideal size standing at 6’5, the physical gifts are there, but he lacks consistent production. In two seasons, he tallied 68 receptions, 941 yards and six touchdowns. The production could be better, but there is a reason he was an early second round pick (40th overall) back in 2015. The receiver is quite talented and it’s unfortunate that he hasn’t translated well to the NFL. Dorial hasn’t had that explosive speed like he did in college. He also doesn’t look comfortable with his route running. I believe these are fixable issues especially being at such a young age.
Besides treatable concerns, Green-Beckham’s work ethic has come in question dating back to his rookie year at Tennessee. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games and started five. He caught 32 passes for 549 yards and scores four times, but Titans coach Mike Mularkey still said he could be doing more in the classroom. After being told to work harder in the off-season, the Missouri native showed up to camp out of shape and was traded to Philly.
Ideally, this doesn’t sound like a guy you want on your roster, but what harm can it do to invite the kid to training camp? DGB isn’t going to break the bank to sign and if it doesn’t work out in training camp, the Browns can cut him. It’s a low-risk, high-reward situation that Cleveland can afford. There is currently only one receiver with more career starts than Green-Beckham (12) and that is Kenny Britt. After Britt, the only certain thing on the roster is Corey Coleman and even he still has something to prove. With all the uncertainty surrounding Cleveland’s wide receivers, Dorial Green-Beckham is worth taking a chance on. The Browns don’t really have to guarantee him anything and if he comes in hungry with something to prove then the Browns just got a steal of a deal.
Max Gold is a Senior Writer for Cleveland Sports Talk
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