As the Cleveland Browns make adjustments during the bye week and before their game against the New England Patriots, one major area of concern should be the lack of production from the wide receiver position.
Consider the fact that the Browns have the 22nd ranked passing offense in the league and couple that with the fact that Cleveland's top two receivers are tight end Benjamin Watson and running back Peyton Hillis. That tells NFL defensive coordinators that the Browns either have no confidence in their own passing game or they don't have a true #1 wide receiver to keep defenses on their toes.
Browns wide receiver Chansi Stuckey ranks third on the team with 21 receptions for 213 yards and as a entire unit, the Browns' wide receivers have a combined 53 receptions, for 521 yards and just two touchdowns for a meager average of 10.6 catches per game for just over 104 yards a game at 104.2
To put that in better perspective, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White out-gains the ENTIRE Cleveland wide receivers corps by himself with 54 receptions, 747 yards and five touchdowns.
For the Browns to make a run in the second half of the season, they must get better production from all of the wide receivers, most notably Brian Robiskie, who only has eight receptions for 61 yards.
The 6'2 former Ohio State standout and Chagrin Falls native needs to live up to high second-round draft pick status. Then, he must not only make plays but find out a way to stay on the field.
With Mohammed Massaqoui reportedly set to return from a concussion and Cribbs being more of a Wildcat-split end/flanker, the Browns need Robiskie to either step up and assume either the #2 role opposite Massaqoui or even the Brian Brennan #3 slot/possession role, or risk be relegated to the sidelines permanently.
With the Browns' recent signing of free agent wide receiver, Demetrius Williams and the upcoming decision to give sixth-round pick, Carlton Mitchell, more playing time, they should have a better passing attack that will take some pressure off of the running game and make either McCoy or Wallace's life a lot easier down the stretch.