Getting Over the Hump: Can Browns WR Brian Robiskie Do It in 2010?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJune 22, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 02:  Brian Robiskie #80  of the Cleveland Browns runs a drill during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 2, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Second-year wide receiver Brian Robiskie has been getting a ton of press this offseason, and it is not a surprise since he is wearing a Cleveland Browns helmet and he went to The Ohio State University.

Immediately when Robiskie was picked in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft, he became a Browns fan base favorite having been a Buckeye.

If there is one thing that many Browns fans are equally as loyal to as their NFL team, it is for their top-ranked collegiate team down to the south in Columbus, Ohio.

Robiskie is the son of Terry Robiskie, who was once the Browns' wide receivers coach and interim head coach when Butch Davis resigned in 2004.

Labeled the "most polished receiver in the 2009 NFL draft class," Robiskie disappointed many of his and Browns' fans only catching seven passes and struggling to see any playing time during his rookie year.

One year later, and Cleveland sports sources have all reported the emergence of Robiskie in organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp.

But hold on, because there has been no pads and contact, and a defensive back who cannot make any contact, especially at the line of scrimmage on the snap, is always at a disadvantage during practices this time of year.

Robiskie's praise has not only been posted by sports reporters, but head coach Eric Mangini has told the media at different occasions how Robiskie's play is a night and day difference from one year ago.

"He's not learning the plays [as he did as a rookie]; now he's getting the feel for how to run the routes," said Mangini to CBS Sports. "One of the things that we [the Browns] really like about him at Ohio State was how precise he was, how detailed he was and I'm really happy to see the progress that he has made."

Robiskie does not need to panic about transitioning to the NFL, in 2009 a rather unknown receiver was entering his third year and only accumulated just over 500 yards in his previous two seasons in the league.

That was until Brett Favre became his quarterback and Favre helped get receiver Sidney Rice to Pro Bowl status to the tune of over 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009.

This is not saying that Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme will be Favre-like, but Robiskie will have a veteran quarterback helping him along the way in 2010 as well. That is better than the uncertainty at quarterback the Browns have faced the past two years.

A sophomore slump is sometimes hard to overcome, but until the pads are on and training camp practices begin with hitting, Browns fans can only hinge on the praise that is being sent Robiskie's way until training camp begins and the real practices begin.

(Also posted on Dawg Scooper: THE Cleveland Browns Blog)


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