Cleveland Browns Chansi Stuckey has become a featured wide receiver on the Browns offense.
Coming over to the Browns as part of the deal that sent wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets, Stuckey came to Cleveland with linebacker Jason Trusnik and two 2010 NFL Draft selections.
Even though Edwards was able to play and start with the Jets the weekend immediately following the trade, Stuckey did not get too much playing time until after being in Cleveland for several weeks, in order to learn the system and get comfortable with his new surroundings.
During this time, many Browns fans began to think that Stuckey was a lost cause in the trade.
Stuckey was an seventh round pick out of Clemson that Browns coach Eric Mangini drafted while with the Jets, but an injury placed Stuckey on IR his rookie year.
In 2008, Stuckey surprised many coaches and players, Stuckey made the team and got some playing time during the season, ending with 32 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
In the first three games of the 2009 season, Stuckey was slowly trying to make his way into the starting lineup of the Jets as their No. 2 receiver on the team, but when news came up that the Browns were shopping disgruntled Edwards, the Jets jumped at the chance to get a true No. 1 receiver as a weapon for their franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Too bad for the Jets, because Edwards has not been the big playmaker they had hoped and he continues to drop many passes.
Stuckey on the other hand has fit into the Browns' offense nicely since he started getting more playing time in week 10 against the Detroit Lions.
Against the Lions, he caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, which was a 40 yard bomb from quarterback Brady Quinn.
He may not be a true No. 2 receiver in the NFL, and with Mohamed Massaquoi still struggling as the No. 1 receiver, Stuckey has fallen into the slot receiver role (No. 3 receiver) very nicely.
He has great hands and, over the past few weeks, always seems to place himself just beyond the first down marker on third down plays.
The Browns still may need a true No. 1 receiver, but it looks like they will have a solid No. 2 receiver in Massaquoi and a solid No. 3 receiver in Stuckey for years to come.
Of course, this is all pending new Browns President Mike Holmgren's evaluation of the roster, but with Trusnik and Stuckey both producing, it is now safe to say that the Browns easily got the better end of the Edwards trade.
Also, there have reports coming out of New York that the Jets may not even resign Edwards to a new deal and just let him walk to free agency.
If that turns out to be the case, then thank you Jets for two good role players and two rookies to be named later for free (if they let Edwards go)!
Edwards may have the bigger numbers on the stats side of things compared to Stuckey for the entire season, (Edwards has over 600 yards and Stuckey over 300 yards for the year) but here is a look at both players' stats since Stuckey became more of a part of the Browns' offense in week 10:
Stuckey has 17 receptions for 184 yards and one touchdown.
Edwards has 15 receptions for 237 yards and one touchdown.
Pretty close numbers, but Stuckey is not a locker room menace.