Cleveland Browns Mohamed Massaquoi Has The Right Stuff To Lead The Way

J GatskieCorrespondent IMay 25, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Mohamed Massaquoi #11 of the Cleveland Browns reacts during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Considering the state of the Cleveland Browns offense last year, Mohamed Massqauoi had a very successful rookie season. Mohamed had 34 catches for 624 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Browns' receivers.

Massaquoi averaged 18.4 yards per catch and was often the only Browns vertical threat. Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace, also a rookie, led the league with 19.6, but had a much better quarterback playing catch with him.

Massaquoi compiled that average despite the fact that he is not a true burner, with a 4.57 40 yard dash to his credit. Not to mention, Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn were throwing to him.

Massaquoi does need to do a better job actually catching the ball at times, as he was among the league leaders in drops with seven in 2009.

He also was inconsistent at times, having a big game and then tending to disappear, but that was indicative of the Browns passing game as a whole.

For all of us who have suffered through Braylon's many miscues, the drops makes us a little uneasy. But enough about the negatives, on to the good stuff.

To put his rookie success into perspective, the Browns' team totals for the season were 219 catches for 2,255 yards. Massaquoi had over a fourth of the yards on less than a sixth of the catches.

He was the only receiver to top 200 yards and the only one with over one touchdown.

Simply put, regardless of the the Browns situation at quarterback or his status as a rookie, Mohamed found a way to get open and make plays.

Massaquoi, whose major was psychology at Georgia, either has a lot of faith in his fellow receivers, or was practicing what he learned, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Robiskie's primed for a good year. I'm primed for a breakout year. Stuckey's been working hard. Josh is still going to be the dynamic player that he is."

Massaquoi, who is a native of North Carolina, believes strongly that Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace will be definite upgrades over last year's gruesome twosome, Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.

He recently told the Plain Dealer that the Browns needed a "veteran" in there (quarterback) "so you knew what your responsibilities were, you're not just playing, you know how to prepare."

Massaquoi had 32 receptions for 491 yards and four touchdowns in his junior year of college and then broke out in his senior year.

He followed that up with 58 catches for 920 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year at Georgia.

If the Browns receive a similar leap in statistics they will be looking at around 68 receptions and 980 yards and eight touchdowns in Massaquoi's sophomore NFL year.

The Browns and every fan would love those numbers.

There was a lot of speculation that the Browns might bring in a veteran receiver this offseason, but so far the only additions to the receiving corps have been talented tight end Ben Watson and rookie burner Carlton Mitchell.

Watson should help take pressure off Massaquoi and the others with his work underneath, and Mitchell could be a threat vertically, which would open up the intermediate routes.

As a high school receiver in Charlotte, North Carolina, Massaquoi's teams won four straight championships and went undefeated.

As a senior in college, Massquoi was named the team’s permanent overall captain and earned the team’s Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program.

Based upon his education, his experience, and his skill set, Massaquoi appears to have what it takes to lead Cleveland's receiving corp into the Holmgren generation.

It appears that Massaquoi will head into the season as the Cleveland Browns number one receiver, and he appears poised to break out after a successful offseason in the team's conditioning and workout programs.