Cleveland Browns by the Numbers: Where Are the Wide Receivers?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2010

GREEN BAY - AUGUST 14: Brian Robiskie #80 of the Cleveland Browns makes a touchdown catch during the NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field August 14, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are now 0-2 after losing two winnable games to start off the 2010 regular season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

And this was the easiest part of the Browns 2010 schedule.

The next seven opponents are as follows: Baltimore Ravens (1-1), Cincinnati Bengals (1-1), Atlanta Falcons (1-1), Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0), New Orleans Saints (2-0), New England Patriots (1-1), and the New York Jets (1-1).

There is a very good chance the Browns could be 0-9 when they get through that part of the schedule.

After two games, what stands out most is how the Browns wide receivers are non-existent and all the experts who expressed their concerns regarding the lack of talent on the outside look to have been right all along.

As of right now, the Browns have a total of 37 completions through two games, of which only 15 are to the receivers.

That means the Browns receivers have only caught 40 percent of the passes thrown so far this season.

Completely unacceptable and one really has to look at the fact that both Browns starting receives, Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie, aren't really feared by defenses.

Both combined have only caught five passes.

That's right. Five.

13 percent of the total completions.

No NFL team can win with those numbers and a change needs to be made.

Massaquoi had a good rookie season in 2009 with over 600 yards receiving and looked to excel as the Browns No. 1 receiver and Robiskie looks much more polished than he did one year ago as a rookie when he only caught seven total passes all year.

Both seem to have regressed in year two so far.

Perhaps Josh Cribbs should start over either Robiskie or Massaquoi?

Cribbs does have five receptions himself and looks to be making more of an impact at the position than either of the starters, plus defenses genuinely fear what Cribbs can do with the ball in his hands.

Obviously, this is only a suggestion, but one that needs to be addressed with the Browns moving forward, because in the end the numbers never lie.