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Here's a stat that should concern you if you're a Browns fan: The Browns have yet to crack the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards, currently standing at 984 and one of just seven teams who have failed to reach 1,000.
Their receivers, and yes this includes all eligible pass-catchers, not just WRs, rank 27th in the league.
As we've discussed many times, the offensive line and the playcalling both play large roles in the ineffectiveness of the passing game, but for our purposes here, we'll focus on the receivers themselves and how well they personally are getting the job done.
Of all the WRs, interestingly it is Mohamed Massaquoi, the guy most of us thought could be out of a job before the season started, who leads the team in yardage. Unfortunately though, he only needed a meager 194 yards to receive that distinction.
On his heels is TE Ben Watson, logging 173 yards in four games and also posting two receiving TDs (Massaquoi has one). The other notable contributors have been Josh Cribbs and rookie Greg Little, with 153 and 131 yards, respectively.
TE Evan Moore has been effective at times but quieter and less involved than expected at the outset of the season, and of course, Peyton Hillis is in the mix with 15 receptions for 76 yards. Brian Robiskie has been practically invisible.
Overall, the receivers have been unremarkable but serviceable. As frustrating as the low yardage totals have been, we can only hold the receivers themselves so responsible for that when they're having to do their jobs with a shaky-at-best offensive line and ineffective playcalling.
Still, for the most part, they aren't improving the situation much. Rookie Greg Little is showing potential, Watson is quietly reliable, and Massaquoi, if not great, has been better than expected. The rest of the group, however, lies somewhere between a non-factor and a liability.