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After watching an easily catchable ball slide through the arms of WR Mohamed Massaquoi early in the game, it looked like we might be in for more of the same old, same old for the Browns in terms of dropped passes and missed opportunities by Browns receivers.
Luckily, Massaquoi later redeemed himself with an excellent catch that would set up a rushing touchdown for the Browns.
Crisis averted. For now.
Among the Browns receivers, there were no spectacular yardage totals, but McCoy's use of eight different receiving targets (including running backs), showed that the Browns are effectively executing the West Coast offense they've adopted by spreading the ball around. It's a great strategy for a team with no star receivers and allows them to gain advantage over opposing defenses by keeping them guessing.
Massaquoi, Josh Cribbs, and Greg Little put up 45, 41, and 38 receiving yards, respectively, on a total of 10 receptions in 14 targets.
The touchdown pass to Evan Moore excepted, the tight ends were much quieter this week than they have been in the recent past. Moore, Alex Smith and Ben Watson logged 51 yards on 6 receptions in five targets.
At least for now, this is probably a good indication for the receivers.
For a long time, the Browns TEs saw a lot of action simply because the Browns had no viable WRs to throw to. The fact that the TEs are no longer always the primary pass targets is a good sign Cleveland's receivers are starting to come around.
Conspicuously absent was Brian Robiskie, who looks as though he may be out of a job before too long.
The yardage totals were too low and there was only one passing TD, so it was tough to justify a grade higher than this for the receiving corps.
Still, my biggest complaint in this area was that Josh Cribbs was underused (as usual), and that's a personnel decision that players can't be punished for.
Overall, huge improvements in this area, but still some major work to do.