Cleveland Browns: Veteran Wide Receiver Sam Aiken Might Mean Changes Imminent

Daniel WolfSenior Writer ISeptember 29, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Sam Aiken (#88) of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring the third touchdown during the NFL International Series match between New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2009 in London, England. This is the third occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are getting a visit from the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend and two of the top young cornerbacks in the NFL, Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall.

Those two corners look to completely shut down a Browns receiver group that...oh wait, there isn't much of a receiver group after three games into the 2010 regular season.

Looking back to before training camp, many Browns fans were screaming for the Browns to pick up a veteran receiver to help teach the young receivers on the roster the ropes during camp and the preseason.

The Browns signed Bobby Engram, who was released prior to the regular season.

Now the Browns are 0-3 going into Week 4 with two starting receivers who have a combined total of five receptions.

Both Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi looked to be improving as route runners in training camp as well as showing glimpses of possible progression during the preseason.

Now it looks like both may have regressed because they are not able to get open to provide any threat in the passing game, which makes opposing defenses bring eight defenders into the box to stop the running game.

Wide receiver project, Josh Cribbs, appears to be the only receiver on the Browns' roster who is actually getting better.

He may look a bit awkward as a receiver, but remember that he also wears bigger pads since he is such a physical receiver too.

Prior to the Week 3 game versus the Baltimore Ravens, both Robiskie and rookie Carlton Mitchell went down in different practices with injuries and both were inactive for the Ravens game.

So the Browns went out and signed former New England Patriot Sam Aiken.

Aiken is a 6'2" 220 pound eight-year veteran, who is a journeyman and career backup.

He may not have been a big-time playmaker, but his addition to the roster could mean several different things.

Aiken could be on the Browns roster because the injuries to Robiskie and/or Mitchell are bad.

Or he is with the team because, outside of Cribbs, there is no real threat in the passing game at the position and someone needed to be brought in for a spark to help Cribbs out on the offense.

Besides Cribbs, the Browns only other playmaker right now is powerhouse back Peyton Hillis, who defenses are now on the look out for after his 144 rushing yards against the Ravens.

Can Aiken help a horrid passing attack?

That is a question that might be answered in the coming weeks because you can bet he will see the field against the Bengals and if he can get open, then he will see more and more playing time as the weeks go on.

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


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