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Josh Cribbs Might Be The Opening Day Starter at Wide Receiver For The Browns

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJune 22, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 19: Wide receiver Josh Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Washington Redskins on October 19, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Reports out of the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, OH say that return specialist Joshua Cribbs has been working exclusively at wide receiver throughout the camps he has been in attendance for.

What this means is that the Browns are moving on without Stallworth, and are giving Cribbs as much time at wide receiver to get him comfortable with the position.

Cribbs is known around the NFL as one of, if not the best, all around special teams player in the league. He not only returns punts and kicks, but Cribbs serves as the gunner on the coverage teams and led the Browns in special teams tackles in 2008.

Going into the offseason workouts, Cribbs asked for a new contract and missed some important training time during voluntary workouts, but then he had a change of heart and decided to put his differences aside to get back with his old and new teammates to prepare for the 2009 season.

New coach Eric Mangini has said several times that he intends to maximize Cribbs' talents, unlike the last regime, and to use him on special teams, offense and defense.

Until now, fans of Cribbs and the Browns were hoping that he would get a chance to play some safety, but if mandatory camp two weeks ago were a clue, then fans may see Cribbs more at the receiver spot.

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It is looking like the Browns are grooming Cribbs to possibly compete for the starter position opposite Braylon Edwards.

In mandatory camp, Cribbs and Mangini both confirmed that Cribbs has only seen time on special teams (of course) and exclusively at wide receiver.

Ohio State Buckeye, and fan favorite, Brian Robiskie has been seen as the front runner for the starter spot opposite Edwards, but Cribbs has the talent, speed, strength and smarts to be a quality No. 2 receiver in the NFL.

He just hasn't been given a chance to do it.

Now he is getting his chance, and having a game breaker like Cribbs playing some receiver, is definitely a good thing.

Even if Robiskie is as good as advertised, and it looks that way, having a receiver combo of Edwards, Cribbs and Robiskie looks very promising for the 2009 season.

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