This may be prejudicial, unfair and/or unwarranted, but it is never a positive sign when your star wideout talks about keeping his weight down. Excuse me? Perhaps someone needs to show Greg Little some Jerry Rice footage. You have way too many hands issues to be worrying about weight, too. Danger, Will Robinson!
Sadly for the Browns, he could have love handles and he’ll still be starting on the outside. Opposite Mohamed Massaquoi. Unless the wide receiving fairy sprinkles fairy dust on a ball boy, those are your first and second receivers. If you can get excited about this, you have lost touch with football reality.
His president said: "The wild card to me is Mo. Mohamed has to come in and ... I believe in that young man. I really do."
Gee, don’t strain yourself, Mike. Fortunately, Massaquoi appears to have accepted this as praise and wants to emerge as the legit professional WR we all thought he might become two years ago. He’s healthy. That’s a good start.
Joshua Cribbs will be given the third spot on paper to keep him happy. 2011 wasn’t his best season, but he played better than fans remember: his four TDs were clutch, he averaged 12.6 yards per catch and he made 27 first downs. He wasn’t reeling off special teams scores as in 2009 and 2010, but he did have over 1,300 return yards. So, yeah, he’ll be the third WR.
Travis Benjamin is fast. He runs the 40 between 4.26 and 4.36. Jaw-dropping as he jets by, but he has had some issues with drops. Is it something in the water?
Like the late Al Davis, Cleveland seems determined to have one of those down-the-field speedsters no matter what and brought in free agents Bert Reed and Jermaine Saffold. Just in case one of Benjamin’s scrawny legs gets dinged? Or to lurk on special teams while developing? Both of the above.
Cleveland went into 2011 with six wide receivers. So that leaves Jordan Norwood, Carlton Mitchell and Joshua Cooper to compete for two jobs. Who would have thought that “nobody” Cooper would be the favorite to land in the slot in June? Of course it could be a training camp mirage. But it could be the beginning of Cleveland’s own Manning/Stokely connection. Why not?
WR 1—Greg Little
WR 2—Mohamed Massaquoi
WR 3—Joshua Cribbs
WR 4—Travis Benjamin
WR 5—Jordan Norwood
WR 6—Joshua Cooper or Carlton Mitchell The edge goes to Mr. Weeden’s BFF (139 receptions in two years at Oklahoma State). Maybe the team can get something in trade for Mitchell’s potential.