There is no secret in the Cleveland Browns organization as to what one of their biggest needs is on the roster: To get a veteran wide receiver to help unlock the potential of their very young and inexperienced receiver group.
As time progresses and the roster gets cut down during training camp and preseason, the Browns will most likely carry five receivers on the 53-man roster and possibly another one on the practice squad as well.
As of right now, the Browns are looking to have their receiver group consist of Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi, Chansi Stuckey, Brian Robiskie, and Carlton Mitchell.
That's five guys right there, so who is the odd one out? Or who gets demoted to the practice squad with the addition of a vet to the position?
(Side note: You may have noticed that Mike Furrey is not listed and that's because as of April 27, he has not resigned with the team, and the Browns have not offered him a new contract.)
This is a very big and tough decision for the front office because even if they bring in a vet and try to move one of these others to their practice squad this coming preseason, that player will have to get past the waiver wire for 24 hours before the Browns can even reassign a player to the practice squad. During that 24-hour period, any other NFL team can pick up that waived player, with teams that had losing records the season prior having first dibs.
Obviously Cribbs, Massaquoi, and Mitchell (since he was their sixth round pick) would be the front-runners to make the final roster as of right now, which could leave Stuckey and Robiskie as the early candidates to be the odd man out.
Mangini will fight really hard for Stuckey since he came over from the Jets and Robiskie is a Buckeye and the fans loved the pick and will always root for him unconditionally.
Something tells me that Stuckey would be the odd man out if this scenario plays out, because there would probably be a bigger market for Robiskie and his potential upside.
Regardless of who it may be, there is also the idea that the Browns could run with six receivers on thier roster too, but that almost guarantees that one receiver each week will not dress up and be inactive.
Robiskie knows too much about being inactive and hopefully he has been working hard this offseason to add some bulk and improve his speed since both were an issue last season.
Bringing in a vet to show this young group the ropes should be a priority, but with a free agent pool void of any quality pass catchers currently, the Browns will have to wait and see if another NFL team moves forward with a younger guy rather than their vet at receiver and perhaps that vet will be a player the Browns will have interest in bringing on board.
Until then, it's just a waiting game.