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We will finally start to get some clarity on the wide receiver position Saturday night as well. While no one will solidify their spot on the roster in the first preseason game, guys can take a huge step toward that goal.
On Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (h/t Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com) reported the Browns are bracing to lose receiver Josh Gordon for at least eight games. This is better than the original full season prognostication but still a major blow to the Browns’ receiving unit.
Through the first 10 days of camp, the team has had unknowns like Willie Snead and Anthony Armstrong play well, per Dawgs by Nature's Chris Pokorny, and Charles Johnson be a "revelation," per Grossi. Can any of these guys step up when it counts though?
For players with little or no NFL resume, they need to take advantage of every pass thrown their way. It does not matter if it is in the first or fourth quarter.
For veterans like Miles Austin, Nate Burleson and Andrew Hawkins, this is an opportunity to show they deserve to be put directly on the roster. This is especially important for Burleson who has done little to separate himself from the group of unknowns chasing him for his job.
The receivers will rotate throughout the first-, second- and third-team offenses, so they will get a mix of both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. The guys who show they can contribute no matter who is throwing the ball have a leg up heading into the second game.