Cleveland Browns Preseason: WR Brian Robiskie Steps Up His Game...Finally
Besides new starting quarterback Jake Delhomme, of whom Cleveland Browns fans have a ton of questions about, the other player on the roster with many questions to face this season is wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
Delhomme proved himself worthy, although he only played in the first offensive drive against the Green Bay Packers' starting defense in the first preseason game.
Whether that first drive was a product of Delhomme's resurgence and the Browns offense clicking on all cylinders already, or it may have been the Packers' defense shaking off the cobwebs remains to be seen.
No matter what it really was, Delhomme was able to silence his critics until he plays again.
Robiskie, on the other hand, showed tremendous progression in year two and looked night and day better than last season.
He showed crisp route running and was able to break free of coverage to find open spots on the field.
Great hands allowed Robiskie to nearly get half of his total receptions (seven) in 2009 in this one preseason game with three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.
The touchdown was the icing on the cake and really showed that Robiskie understands what he needs to do on the field after running his route and when a play breaks down.
Reserve quarterback Seneca Wallace had to roll out to his left to escape the pressure of the Packers. He showed off his accuracy and arm strength.
When the play broke down, Robiskie recognized it and began running parallel with Wallace in the back of the endzone. He broke free enabling Wallace to throw a pass where no defender could make a play on it.
The pass went right into Robiskie's hands for the score.
The Robiskie of last year would have been thinking too much of what to do in that same scenario. As a rookie receiver he seemed overloaded with offensive information and couldn't react to a play.
Robiskie was able to react against the Packers and his development was further cemented on that play alone.
His other two catches came on a pair of great routes that he ran nearly perfectly. When a receiver can run a near perfect route, sometimes it does not matter how good the coverage is by the cornerback. Just ask Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
This is not a comparison of Rice and Robiskie, but both pride themselves on precision. Look how well that worked out for Rice, who was no where near the fastest player on the football field.
Robiskie does not have the greatest speed either, but the son of a wide receiver's coach has been training since birth to be as perfect as possible on the field.
Granted it was only one preseason game, but Robiskie looks well on his way to becoming the Browns' starting receiver opposite of fellow Mohamed Massaquoi.
Only time will tell if Robiskie was worth the second round pick in 2009, but he is on the right path as of right now.
(Also posted on Dawg Scooper: THE Cleveland Browns Blog)
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